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Swiss zoo culls endangered lion cubs
London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 29th, 2007 | DancesWithCats

Posted on 07/29/2007 3:40:59 PM PDT by DancesWithCats

A Swiss zoo has provoked public dismay by culling two endangered Namibian lion cubs because it did not have space for them.

In June, Basel Zoo proudly announced that a five-year-old lioness, imported from Namibia, had given birth to four cubs; three males and one female. However, last week the zoo decided to put two of the male cubs to sleep and feed their carcasses to other animals. It explained that the lion enclosure was not big enough for them and said it could not find another zoo to adopt them.Thomas Jermann, a curator, said that if the cubs had been put in the enclosure, they would have posed a threat to the leading male in the pride, who would have killed them. "In nature, most of the cubs die within the first year. This is normal," he said.

The zoo has kept one male and one female, but admits it will also have to find them a home. "We tried every zoo we could think of. Hopefully, it will be easier to find a home for two," said Mr Jermann.

He said it was normal to cull cubs and to feed them to other animals. "If there are animals you can feed them to, you feed them. It is the same as a farm, we are producers of meat, and we put the meat into the food chain," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: animalrights; endangered; euthanized; lions; zoo
If the Phoenix Zoo did this, I'm sure the public would be a tad more than 'dismayed'.
1 posted on 07/29/2007 3:41:01 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: All
Lioness with the two remaining lucky cubs.

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2 posted on 07/29/2007 3:44:00 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats
Planned Parenthood is branching out.
3 posted on 07/29/2007 4:03:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: DancesWithCats

There are many private sanctuaries that would have taken them.

Perhaps PETA is branching out into zoo management?


4 posted on 07/29/2007 4:33:00 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Mr. Jermann sounds like a Nazi ... culling the undesirables in his opinion. I’d like to beat him to death with a baseball bat and feed HIS carcass to the turkey vultures.


5 posted on 07/29/2007 4:44:01 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: Gay State Conservative

Y’know, by Mr. Jermann’s logic? Maybe we should pack up all the euthanized animals from our animal shelters and reduce the cost of feeding zoo animals.


6 posted on 07/29/2007 5:32:44 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats

Someone got a nice pair of wall hangings/cushions


7 posted on 07/29/2007 6:51:23 PM PDT by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: spokeshave

Also the BBQ....yummy steaks....lion better than beef.


8 posted on 07/29/2007 6:52:14 PM PDT by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: spokeshave
Also the BBQ....yummy steaks....lion better than beef.

Yeah, you ain't... I can't do it.

9 posted on 07/29/2007 11:14:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: DancesWithCats; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Now I know why the lions are endangered.


10 posted on 07/30/2007 11:57:05 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("You can't strengthen a zero, it will always equal zero." --Avigdor Lieberman)
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To: DancesWithCats

Sooo sad.... I just couldn’t do it to those cubs, knowing the beautiful animals they’d grow into. Special spot for cats I have.


11 posted on 07/30/2007 12:12:15 PM PDT by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: DancesWithCats
and said it could not find another zoo to adopt them.

B.S.

12 posted on 07/30/2007 12:20:51 PM PDT by Fawn (God created Birds and Mice for Cats.)
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B.S.

'zactly. That says it all. The freaks.

13 posted on 07/30/2007 12:25:14 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: DancesWithCats

First nail him to plywood, then let’s diiscuss it.


14 posted on 07/30/2007 1:07:05 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Slings and Arrows; PetroniDE; 4catsinmaryland; 4mycountry; 7.62 x 51mm; abner; Aeronaut; Allegra; ..
As a return gesture, remaining lions culled Thomas Jermannd . . .





15 posted on 07/30/2007 1:22:11 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Lady Jag

Good one!


16 posted on 07/30/2007 1:29:28 PM PDT by Spyder
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To: Lady Jag

I LOVE IT! They Jermannated him.


17 posted on 07/30/2007 1:57:58 PM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: Spyder

Thank you


18 posted on 07/30/2007 1:58:08 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: DancesWithCats

NUTS!!!!


19 posted on 07/30/2007 2:11:32 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: DancesWithCats
Maybe Gnut the polar bear and the two remaining cubs can get together and confabulate about this.
20 posted on 07/30/2007 2:18:25 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: DancesWithCats
Not exactly a happy ending.


21 posted on 07/30/2007 3:39:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: DancesWithCats

Other than crocks not too many carnivores eat other carnivores..

Perhaps he fed them to the little lambs.


22 posted on 07/30/2007 3:57:34 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: Lady Jag
First nail him to plywood, then let’s discuss it.

Amen to that!

23 posted on 07/30/2007 4:38:18 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Huh? First thing a male lion does, after taking over a pride of females, is eat all the cubs not his.


24 posted on 07/30/2007 4:43:28 PM PDT by patton (Get the H$LL off of my ROOF!)
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To: Lady Jag

PETA is not going to like this if they hear about it....


25 posted on 07/30/2007 4:55:21 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: patton

He kills them but doesn’t eat them as a rule...

Leaves them lying around so the females know who is the boss...


26 posted on 07/30/2007 5:05:05 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: Arrowhead1952
PETA is not going to like this if they hear about it....

You mean if the lions are still alive...

27 posted on 07/30/2007 5:39:58 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: TASMANIANRED

28 posted on 07/30/2007 5:42:44 PM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Slings and Arrows

So very sad. =^..^=


29 posted on 07/31/2007 4:01:01 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Lady Jag

A lion-pecked male lion. =^..^=


30 posted on 07/31/2007 4:01:55 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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