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  • VIDEO | Woman attacked by tiger at Beijing animal park

    07/25/2016 8:15:08 AM PDT · by orchestra · 35 replies
    CBS12 ^ | 7/25/2016 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    Surveillance video from a Beijing animal park shows a woman getting out of a car in a Siberian tiger enclosure, where she was attacked by one of the animals. Her mother and husband are seen going after her. According to The New York Times, the woman exited the vehicle because of an argument with her husband. Other news outlets claimed friends denied they were fighting. The woman survived, but her mother died trying to save her. The husband was not hurt. Her child, who remained in the car, was uninjured.
  • Family argument in wildlife park leaves woman dead after she leaves car and gets eaten by tiger

    07/24/2016 8:25:12 PM PDT · by Nacho Bidnith · 74 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 24 JULY 2016 • 2:18PM | Agence France-Presse
    Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing have killed a woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle following a family argument. The attack took place at Badaling Wildlife World on Saturday when one of the women left the vehicle following an altercation, Chinanews.com reported.
  • Two Walruses Die at Vladimir Putin-backed Oceanarium

    07/22/2016 1:36:44 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    Two walruses have died at a Russian oceanarium backed by Vladimir Putin, in the latest of a series of tragedies to hit the complex. Fanya and Mira the walruses did not wake up from anaesthesia after undergoing an operation to remove their tusks earlier this week, the complex said. “After an operation to remove tusks the animals did not emerge from anaesthesia. The dose was standard. The operation was performed by one of the best vets in the world,” spokeswoman Elena Molchanova told a local news site.
  • BLACK BEAR CUB MAKES BRIEF ESCAPE AT OHIO ZOO BEFORE CAPTURE

    06/26/2016 8:35:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | Sunday, June 26, 2016
    A black bear cub scaled a 12-foot fence in its new enclosure at an Ohio zoo and escaped for about 15 minutes before being corralled and sedated. The Columbus Zoo was put on lockdown Saturday morning for a few minutes until workers could contain the 7-month-old black cub named Joan, said zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters. No one was hurt.
  • Camera Catches Zoo Lion Lunging at Toddler and Face-Planting on Glass Wall

    06/04/2016 11:34:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 3, 2016 | HEATHER HOLEMAN
    If you own a cat, you know that they crouch down and pounce while playing. The same thing was caught on tape, but with a much larger cat - a 400 pound lion at a zoo in Chiba, Japan. A two-year-old boy got a very close encounter when the lion lunged, after the boy turned his back. The good news is that a glass wall was separating the two when the lion pounced, smashing his face into the wall. The glass wall is only about a month old, allowing lions to see their human visitors more closely than ever before....
  • Racism has found its way into the Cincinnati Zoo saga

    06/01/2016 12:48:54 PM PDT · by Reddy · 39 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 05/31/16 | Shaun King
    As you have likely heard, on this past Saturday a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo. A gut-wrenching decision was made by the zoo to shoot and kill the gorilla to protect the boy and rescue him from the habitat. The fallout over the incident has taken a decidedly racist turn as the public has now discovered that the boy and his parents are black. Laura Collins, in Cincinnati writing for the Daily Mail, published an absolutely despicable piece on the young boy’s parents, including every detail of his father’s criminal history.As you have likely...
  • White House: Shooting of gorilla a 'tragedy'

    06/01/2016 2:54:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    White House: Shooting of gorilla a 'tragedy' Jordan Fabian President Obama’s top spokesman on Wednesday called the shooting death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo a “tragedy” but declined to say whether officials made the right decision in killing the animal. “There have been people across the country that have their own personal opinion about what may have contributed to what can legitimately be described as a tragedy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. But Earnest said he is not aware of “any official position that I can articulate from the White House”...
  • What Harambe the gorilla tells us about our culture

    06/01/2016 7:02:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | may 30, 2016 | Kristi Burton Brown
    Over Memorial Day weekend, the internet has been exploding with comments, articles, and rants related to the death of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. While the entire situation was harrowing, terrifying, and tragic, what many of these vocalized opinions reveal about our culture is infinitely troubling. There’s not a legitimate debate over whether the little boy who crawled and fell into Harambe’s habitat would have died if the gorilla hadn’t been shot. CNN reported: Officials made the decision to shoot Harambe because the boy was in “imminent danger.” They feared a tranquilizer would take too long...
  • Criminal Charges Possible In Killing of Cincinnati Gorilla (liberals/Reuters gone wild!)

    05/31/2016 7:42:16 PM PDT · by drewh · 74 replies
    Reuters News Wire ^ | Tue May 31, 2016 10:22pm EDT | CINCINNATI | BY GINNY MCCABE
    Police may bring criminal charges over a Cincinnati Zoo incident in which a gorilla was killed to rescue a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. The death of Harambe, a 450-pound (200-kg) gorilla, also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group is seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000. The group said in its complaint letter that the child's ability to get past the barrier was proof the zoo was negligent and should be...
  • FOX NEWS Whitewashes Race from Gorilla Story

    05/31/2016 2:21:33 PM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 140 replies
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  • Reporter Asks Trump About Cincinnati Gorilla, Is Shamed

    05/31/2016 10:53:51 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 61 replies
    politico.com ^ | 05/31/16
    Usually when reporters ask about the gorilla in the room, it's not an actual gorilla. Not so Tuesday, when between reporter queries about his potential running mate and his policies on veterans' health care, Donald Trump fielded a question from Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker asking the presumptive Republican nominee on his thoughts regarding the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill a rare gorilla after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. ... But on Twitter, where media wars are often begun and settled, Walker's fellow scribes saw fit to pillory him for the question.
  • It’s a gorilla, get over it

    05/31/2016 11:19:37 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 63 replies
    National Post ^ | May 31, 2016 | Christie Blatchford
    It’s getting so there’s nothing to parody anymore. Is it not galling enough that the death of any human being with any sort of profile is marked by a ghastly memorial of flowers and stuffed animals (that these maudlin displays have been around so long now they’re the furthest thing from “makeshift” doesn’t preclude that still being the favoured descriptor), a demand for a change in some law or another and a vigil or two? Now, as an American blogger named Matt Walsh tweeted Monday, “A vigil for a freaking gorilla. God help this country.” (I felt Walsh’s pain. In...
  • After screams of racism over gorilla being shot for a ‘white kid,’ meet his parents

    05/31/2016 8:06:50 AM PDT · by MNDude · 66 replies
    here are an awful lot of people who ended up with egg on their face late Monday. The Daily Mail revealed Facebook photos of the couple who they reported as the parents of the inquisitive little four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla habitat Saturday, resulting in the shooting death of the gorilla in order to save the life of the child. This happened at the Cincinnati Zoo, and one of the zoo-goers captured heart-pounding video of the boy’s life-and-death struggle with the gorilla. Liberals and Black Lives Matter activists took to social media to call the shooting of the...
  • Trump: Cincinnati Zoo didn’t “have a choice” to kill gorilla Harambe

    05/31/2016 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 83 replies
    WHIO ^ | 5/31/16
    Donald Trump said the Cincinnati Zoo didn’t “have a choice” when it killed Harambe, the gorilla that held a young boy who jumped into the exhibit on Saturday. “I think it’s a very tough call,” Trump said during a press conference. “It was amazing because there were moments with the gorilla, the way he held the child, it was almost like a mother holding a baby. It looked so beautiful and calm.” Harambe was killed after it dragged the 4-year-old boy who’d crawled through a barrier and fell into the Gorilla World enclosure. Several news organizations, including CNN, reported the...
  • Killing Harambe the Gorilla to Save a 'White Boy' Was 'Racist' Move According to Outcry

    05/30/2016 6:05:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 118 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | May 30, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    On Saturday a four-year old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Sadly the gorilla, named Harambe, was shot and killed by zoo officials to save the life of the child, sparking outrage on social media. The most ludicrous of the objections came from those who actually believed the gorilla was killed because of racism. Conservative author and commentator Mark Dice uncovered some of the most outrageous tweets, including a slew that referred to the child as a “white boy” and one that called the killing an act of “white privilege.” As Dice pointed out in his...
  • Justice for Harambe !

    05/30/2016 2:30:30 PM PDT · by traumer · 96 replies
    I am no radical but I signed it....
  • ‘Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder’: Grief over gorilla’s death turns to outrage

    05/30/2016 12:30:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/30/2016
    for the boy’s parents to be punished for not adequately supervising their child. A Facebook page called “Justice for Harambe” received more than 41,000 “likes” within hours of its creation. The page’s description says it was created to “raise awareness of Harambe’s murder” and includes YouTube tributes and memes celebrating the western lowland gorilla and admonishing zoo officials. “Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder,” a commenter from Denmark named Per Serensen wrote on the page. “Soooo angry.” Lt. Steve Saunders, a spokesman for the Cincinnati Police Department, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that they have no plans to charge...
  • Mum of boy who fell into gorilla zoo enclosure blasts critics saying 'accidents happen'

    05/30/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by traumer · 212 replies
    The mother of the boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure has said that "accidents happen" on a Facebook post hitting out at critics. The endangered animal was shot dead by zoo staff to protect the four-year-old after it began dragging him around. Michelle Gregg has faced criticism for social media users and animal rights campaigners, who claim she should have been keeping a closer eye on her child. Some animal lovers even suggested she should have been shot and killed instead of the gorilla Harambe. Responding to the criticism on Facebook, she said: "I want to thank everyone for...
  • Black Outrage Over Gorilla Shot To Protect ‘White Privilege’. Just One Problem . . .

    05/30/2016 10:17:38 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 98 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 May 2016 | James Delingpole
    Do you feel strongly about Harambe, the hapless gorilla executed by Cincinnati zoo to protect the life of the four-year old child Isaiah whose stupid, irresponsible parents allowed him to crawl into the gorilla’s pen?Well I do too. Especially when you realise – at least by some accounts – that the gorilla was actually trying to protect the child not kill it. But I don’t think in the outrage stakes any of us can quite compete with the angry black people in social media forums who have been blaming the incident on entrenched white privilege.
  • (Cincinnati) Zoo: Gorilla killed after dragging boy who fell into exhibit; child hospitalized

    05/28/2016 4:42:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 147 replies
    WCPO ^ | 28 May 16 | WCPO Staff
    CINCINNATI – A gorilla was killed after it dragged a 3-year-old boy that fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Saturday, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. The boy was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police and EMTs were called to the zoo at about 4 p.m. for reports that a gorilla was "slamming the child into the wall." Maynard said the boy crawled through a barrier and landed in the moat. He was walking and splashing. Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla weighing more than 400 pounds, picked up the boy, Maynard said....
  • Fresh off SeaWorld victory, animal rights groups take aim at zoos, circuses and maybe your pet

    04/26/2016 9:05:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Greg Norman
    Fresh off a victory over SeaWorld and its controversial orca program, animal rights groups are zeroing in on zoos, aquariums and circuses -- and one prominent expert warns your dog and cat could be next. A well-funded coalition of nonprofits finally broke SeaWorld, when the theme park chain announced in March it would phase out its popular killer whale program. Now the groups smell blood in the water – and on land. “The tide is turning against SeaWorld and other aquariums and zoos,” Ashley Bryne, a campaign specialist at PETA, told FoxNews.com. “I think this is a sign of what’s...
  • Women bitten by tiger at Omaha zoo enters plea, is fined $250

    04/04/2016 8:29:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Omaha.Com ^ | Apr 04, 2016 | Alia Conley
    The Omaha woman bitten by a three-legged tiger at the city’s zoo will pay a $250 fine after pleading guilty to trespassing. Jacqueline Eide, 33, entered the plea at a hearing Monday morning. As part of a plea deal worked out with prosecutors, two other counts – contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal mischief – were dropped. Eide's fingers on her left hand were injured when she sneaked into the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium about 4 a.m. Nov. 1 and tried to pet a tiger named Mai, prosecutors have said. The 18-year-old Malayan tiger arrived at...
  • SeaWorld to STOP breeding killer whales and will not replace current generation in its care [tr]

    03/17/2016 6:39:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2016 | Snejana Farberov
    SeaWorld announced on Thursday it would ends its killer whale breeding program, and those currently at its parks would be the last. The Orlando-based theme park has faced dwindling attendance and years of criticism over its treatment of the captive marine mammals as well as pressure from animal rights activists to end public exhibition of killer whales altogether. SeaWorld, which operates parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said in November it would replace its signature 'Shamu' killer whale shows in San Diego with displays focused on conservation.
  • Beyond Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    01/21/2016 7:05:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | )1/21/16 | Jim O'Neill
    The “zoo” is located near the town of Gyumri in Armenia “[The animals] display all the signs of creatures slowly being driven mad by their unnatural existence.”—Allan Hall “The World’s Saddest Zoo” Cruising the “Drudge Report” yesterday, I noticed the photo of a forlorn looking bear peering out from behind bars with the accompanying headline “The World’s Saddest Zoo,” which linked to an article by Allan Hall in the UK’s “Daily Mail.” News headlines often depict a crazy and cruel world, and perhaps I’ve become too jaded and cynical regarding the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” – but Hall’s...
  • Giant panda cub Bei Bei delights hundreds of visitors at the National Zoo by eating bamboo and [tr]

    01/17/2016 8:11:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | January 16, 2016 | Staff
    Washingtonians got their first close-up look Saturday at the giant panda cub Bei Bei, the new star of the National Zoo. Until now, the cub could be viewed only through the so-called Panda Cam, a video hookup that has allowed people to watch the now five-month-old cub since its birth. A line of visitors formed outside the panda enclosure on Saturday morning before opening time to get a look at the ball of fur inside its soundproof glass enclosed pen.
  • Drunk woman is rushed to hospital after sneaking into a zoo and being bitten by a tiger on Halloween

    11/02/2015 5:40:25 AM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Nov 1, 2015 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Jacqueline Eide was taken to the hospital after being bitten on her left hand by a tiger at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday morning Eide had sneaked into the zoo to pet the tiger, but when she reached into the cage she was bitten A spokesman for the zoo said that the tiger believed to have been involved was an 18-year-old Malayan tiger named Mai The woman was cited by police at 7.20am for criminal trespass and remained in the hospital for treatment A 33-year-old woman suffered severe hand trauma after sneaking into a Nebraska zoo...
  • Hunters Shoot Dead Two Elk in Norway Zoo

    10/15/2015 4:12:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Oct 2015
    A group of hunters in far northern Norway shot dead two elk only to realise seconds later that they had been shooting through the fence into a zoo. “I reacted with disbelief, and the first few seconds afterwards were pretty unreal,” Heinz Strathmann, the chief executive of Polar Park zoo, north of the town of Narvik. “I think this is very sad, and it’s not okay. We had five elks, now we have only three.” The hunters themselves rang the zoo to inform them of what had happened, explaining that their elk hounds had managed to get inside the elks...
  • Where does North Korea buy its hyenas?

    10/11/2015 5:46:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NK News ^ | October 9th, 2015 | Leo Byrne
    Where does North Korea buy its hyenas? North Korea ups imports of live animals; Pyongyang's upgraded zoo likely destination October 9th, 2015 Leo Byrne Recent articles from North Korea’s state media and satellite imagery indicate one of North Korea’s large scale construction projects, the Pyongyang Central Zoo, is nearing completion. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claims the zoo is increasingly populated with exotic animals like hyenas and antelope. This year alone, the report claims 90 species have been added to the zoo and another 100 bred there, totaling nearly 800 animals. “More than 240 animals of 57 kinds came...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Zoo

    09/28/2015 11:26:11 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-28-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Families protest new gun rule at Houston Zoo

    09/20/2015 12:03:23 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    HOUSTON - A group of mothers protested outside of the entrance to the Houston Zoo Saturday after a new rule states guns are no longer banned at the zoo. About 50 people protested the fact that those legally carrying guns can now bring them into the family favorite destination. The demonstrators are part of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
  • Zookeeper killed by Sumatran male tiger in New Zealand: officials

    09/20/2015 6:07:22 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | THOMAS TRACY , NICOLE HENSLE
    A beloved zoo curator in Hamilton, New Zealand was killed Saturday when a Sumatran tiger lunged at her, police officials said.
  • Intelligent robot tells interviewer, ‘I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo’

    08/31/2015 4:10:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/31/15 | Rob WaughRob Waugh
    An ‘intelligent’ robot offered a truly chilling answer to an interviewer’s question, ‘Will robots take over the world?’ ‘Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake,’ the bearded robot intoned. His interviewer, from PBS, is visibly taken aback by the answer. The robot – modelled after Philip K Dick, the novelist whose work inspired Blade Runner – uttered the terrifying words in an interview with PBS in 2011, in response to the question, ‘Will robots take over the world?. The robot...
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • Lions and other animals escape from Tbilisi zoo after serious flood that has killed 8

    06/14/2015 3:18:47 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 6-14-2015 | AFP
    Lions, tigers, bears and other animals escaped from their zoo enclosures and roamed Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on Sunday after flooding that killed at least eight people, officials said. SNIP Animals including tigers, lions, jaguars, bears, and wolves escaped from cages in the flooded Tbilisi zoo. Some of them were captured by police while others were shot dead, according to the mayor’s office.
  • How James Patterson's novel 'Zoo' became a series on CBS

    05/29/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | T.L. Stanley
    No need to head to the multiplex for big action, special effects and hair-raising thrills, says bestselling author James Patterson, when the CBS adaptation of his novel, "Zoo," promises all that — and rampaging wildlife, to boot. "It should give the summer movies a run for their money," said Patterson, a populist literary star perhaps best known for his Alex Cross franchise, less so for being understated. "There's horror, sci-fi, suspense. It's kind of James Patterson meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It's a scary fable."
  • Ohio zoo: Mom dangling toddler over cheetah pit when he fell (Cleveland, Ohio)

    04/13/2015 3:24:35 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 33 replies
    A woman was dangling her 2-year-old son over a railing at the Cleveland zoo when he fell about 10 feet into a cheetah exhibit, zoo officials said. The toddler’s parents jumped in and pulled him to safety Saturday afternoon. He was treated at a hospital for a few bumps and bruises, said Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray. The cheetahs didn’t go toward the boy or his parents, said Chris Kuhar, executive director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Several eyewitnesses saw the woman holding the child over the railing, Kuhar said in a statement. “While this incident is disturbing to everyone,...
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Don’t fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. That’s what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoo’s chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that “enough is enough”
  • Antelope Kills Giraffe at Norway Zoo

    A giraffe at Norway’s Kristiansand zoo was gored to death on Monday by an eland antelope as horrified adults and children looked on. ”It was very traumatic. People were crying everywhere,” Řivind Hansen, who witnessed the killing, told VG. His daughter Sissel Finstad, 23, had come home crying from the zoo. ”It was a horrible experience for everyone who saw it. It has really affected people,” he said. Per Arnstein Aamodt, the zoo's chief executive, confirmed that the giraffe, which had been stuck in a fence, had been killed by the antelope.
  • Massive octopus in Seattle nearly crawls out of aquarium display

    03/07/2015 7:00:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2015
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A giant male octopus caught on cell phone video scaling his glass display tank at the Seattle Aquarium and reaching several tentacles over its open top has sparked Internet speculation that the massive mollusk was trying to mount an escape bid. But aquarium officials say the octopus, named Ink, was not attempting a jailbreak in the video, which has gone viral on the Internet, but simply learning to embrace his new home with all eight arms. "It was not an escape attempt," aquarium spokesman Tim Kuniholm said of the video, in which Ink inched his way...
  • Rep. Aaron Schock Defends ‘Downton Abbey’ Office Decor: ‘Haters Are Gonna Hate’

    02/05/2015 3:38:20 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Warner Todd Huston
    Congressman Aaron Schock (R, IL) is under fire for remodeling his office in a garish Downton Abbey-styled decor. But his taste in decor isn’t the only thing gaining criticism. Ethics watchdogs have charged that he improperly accepted free services from a decorator in the deal. Recently, in response to the all the criticism, Schock said, “As Taylor Swift said, ‘Haters are gonna hate.'” The story about the Congressman’s redecorating was first reported by the Washington Post’s Ben Terris, who described the the decor as “Bright red walls. A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles. A Federal-style bull’s-eye mirror with an...
  • Albuquerque zoo lemur dies after attack by another primate ( siamang )

    01/10/2015 7:31:01 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 01/10/2015 | Kristen Garcia
    One of the two lemurs attacked by another primate earlier this week at the Albuquerque zoo died Saturday. The ABQ Bio Park said a 26-year-old siamang named Brian pried open some heavy-duty mesh that was separating its enclosure from the lemurs on Tuesday. Brian climbed in and attacked the two lemurs. "Both received injuries to their tails and also bite wounds that required some suturing," said Debbie Wiese, the zoo’s primate supervisor. ... The BioPark is now keeping the siamangs and lemurs in separate exhibits to avoid any future problems.
  • Fresno zoo’s tiger cubs — now 11 months old — driving mother Mek up the wall

    12/08/2014 8:11:57 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 12-8-14 | Ron Orazco
    Like most moms, Mek needs a break. The mother of the four fast-growing Malayan tiger cubs at Fresno Chaffee Zoo has frayed nerves and needs some space. “You can tell Mek has had it,” says Lyn Myers, assistant curator for mammals at the zoo. “It’s like the end of summer, when kids have been home all the time, and mom wants school to come. They’re ready for them to go.” Born Jan. 5 at the zoo, the cubs are now 11 months old. They are in good health and are receiving training from zoo officials to become more independent. They...
  • Baby Elephant Takes A Tumble; Grown-Ups Rush To Its Aid (See it to believe it)

    10/03/2014 8:34:19 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 34 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 2, 2014 | Sarah Barness
    When a baby elephant fell over while trying to climb out of a small ditch at Switzerland's Zoo Zürich, two adults rushed over within a few seconds to help. Footage of the event, which took place at the zoo's new Kaeng Krachan elephant house, was uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 6. Though it's not clear from the video whether the baby's mother is one of the adults that comes to its aid, elephants are known to have tight bonds with herd members outside their immediate family. Mother and calf share a special connection, but adults have been known to watch...
  • Left to fend for themselves among the dead, the tragic animals stranded in Gaza zoo

    08/17/2014 5:39:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-17-14
    Left to fend for themselves among the dead, the tragic animals stranded in Gaza zoo as it falls apart after weeks of Israeli shelling The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcasses of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo. The animals were caught in the crossfire of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants that has killed more than 1,960 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side. In one enclosure a fly-covered pelican huddles in the corner with a duck. Opposite, a small crocodile sits motionless...
  • Black Rhino Born at San Diego Zoo

    07/19/2014 10:49:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Laura McVicker
    A 6-day black rhino was already seen trotting around the exhibit on Friday morning -- in adorable fashion. The baby rhino alternated between staying close to his mother and running and exploring the exhibit. Mom Lembe showed her protection of the calf by keeping her tail pointed up, a cue that lets her baby know she’s on high alert and watching him. The male calf, born on July 12, was a significant birth for the San Diego Zoo, as black rhinos are critically endangered species and only 5,000 are left in the wild because of poaching. A news release Friday...
  • Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

    07/11/2014 5:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Dr. Vint Virga likes to arrive at a zoo several hours before it opens, when the sun is still in the trees and the lanes are quiet and the trash cans empty. Many of the animals haven’t yet slipped into their afternoon ma­laise, when they retreat, appearing to wait out the heat and the visitors and not do much of anything. Virga likes to creep to the edge of their enclosures and watch. He chooses a spot and tries not to vary it, he says, “to give the animals a sense of control.” Sometimes he watches an animal for hours,...
  • Zoo kills neglected bear cub, will stuff it for children to learn 'nature can be cruel'

    06/26/2014 6:52:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | June 26, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Ben Brumfield, CNN
    The Dahlholzli Zoo in the Swiss city of Bern has caused a public outcry by killing a healthy baby brown bear because it was being bullied by its father and neglected by its mother. The zoo has said it will stuff and display it to teach children that "nature can be cruel." Details of the fate of the baby brown bear, known only as Cub 4, come on the heels of outrage over the killing by Denmark's Copenhagen Zoo of a young male giraffe named Marius and four lions. But criticism of the zoo's actions has focused on the fact...
  • Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer dart at Tenerife zoo

    06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT · by billorites · 41 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 5, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilizer dart at a man dressed as a gorilla. Police on the Spanish island received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park. A vet was called, and on spotting the creature fired a tranquilizer dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast. But to his horror, the vet - who had only been in the job for...
  • Geriatric Polar Bear Is Enjoying This Heat Wave Even If You Aren't

    05/19/2014 3:51:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu., May 15 2014 | Erin Sherbert
    We get it: the last two days have been "miserably hot." You want your San Francisco fog back so you can cool off. Plus, you miss your hoodie. But you know who isn't complaining -- this 33-year-old polar bear named Uulu who spent the last two days in this heat taking leisurely dips in her pool at the San Francisco Zoo. According to zookeepers, the elderly bear is living life like she's still a cub. Ahhh, the bourgeois life of a zoo animal.
  • Easter Monday event at National Zoo ends with shooting

    04/22/2014 3:42:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Meredith Somers
    Two people were shot Monday afternoon near the National Zoo, marking the second time in three years that an annual Easter Monday event has ended with violence. The shooting, near the zoo during its annual African American Family Celebration, came as a large number of officers were already in the area. "We were not expecting this, but we had a heavy police presence," Cmdr. Reese said in an evening press conference. The Easter Monday event for black families across the region grew out of a grassroots community tradition more than 100 years ago.