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  • 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.
  • Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

    04/10/2014 7:37:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Yahoo! News
    Crocodile caught wandering around California mall ROSEVILLE, CA — Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall. California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo. Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside the Roseville store by someone who didn't want it anymore. The animal had grown to 4-feet long, and its jaws had been wrapped shut with heavy-duty tape. There was a note identifying it as a Nile crocodile and...
  • Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To Make Space For New Employees

    03/31/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    COPENHAGEN (The Global Edition) – The Copenhagen Zoo has killed several of its staff members early this morning in order to create four new job openings, the Zoo public relations sector reported. Officials of the Zoo say that the four members of the staff were humanely executed after being put to sleep with a lethal injection, and then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.
  • Second Danish zoo plans to kill young giraffe to stop inbreeding

    02/13/2014 3:23:19 PM PST · by workerbee · 44 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/13/14
    **SNIP** The second giraffe, coincidentally also named Marius, lives at the Danish Jyllands Park Zoo. To make room for a female giraffe it plans to acquire, the zoo plans to put down its 7-year-old male, balancing out genders in the facility. “We can't have two males and one female. Then there will be fights,” zoo keeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen told Danish news agency Ritzau. “If the breeding program coordinator decides that he should be put down, then that's what we'll do,” Poulsen said. **SNIP** "It is no secret that animals are killed when there is no longer space, or if...
  • Copenhagen Zoo met with online rage after putting down healthy giraffe to stop inbreeding

    02/11/2014 6:46:34 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2/10/2014
    Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal. Marius, a healthy male, was put down Sunday using a bolt pistol, said zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was then skinned and fed to the lions. Marius' plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals. Before the giraffe was killed, an online petition to save it had received...
  • Liberals Outraged! Scandinavian Zoo Feeds Meat to Lion!

    02/10/2014 7:29:03 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 25 replies
    various Facebook news story posts ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | various Facebook news posts
    See the Facebook collection of stories and reader comments. How dare an animal be slaughtered for its meat! How dare a zoo feed meat to a lion!
  • Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions

    02/09/2014 1:37:26 PM PST · by Innovative · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 9, 2014 | Bharati Naik and Marie-Louise Gumuchian
    An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures from animal lovers. Copenhagen Zoo said it euthanized the male, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding. After an autopsy, "Marius" was dismembered in front of a zoo audience that included children, and fed to the zoo's lions.
  • USDA Considering New Zoo Regs at Request of PETA

    02/08/2014 7:57:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies ^ | 2/7/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adopting new regulations for zoos at the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would require “humane” treatment for bears. The proposed rules would mandate the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to hire a “bear expert,” prohibit bear pits, and require rules so bears are not “stressed, frustrated, and bored.” PETA, which killed 1,792 stray cats and dogs in 2013, first petitioned the USDA to adopt its rules in 2012. The agency began accepting comments on its petition last November, and extended the comment period on Monday.
  • Cops: Black mob kidnaps, rapes teen girls

    11/16/2013 8:32:53 PM PST · by Anila · 65 replies
    WND ^ | 11/10/13 | Colin Flaherty
    The latest case of black-mob violence in Chicago is far from the worst. We’ll get to that one in a minute. But when a mob of black people rushed into three Chicago-area Sports Authority stores this week and rushed out dragging entire racks of winter clothing, the local CBS affiliate dubbed that “unbelievable.” CNN said the videos were “shocking.” Not really: “That crime was only unbelievable or shocking to the reporters who spend all their time ignoring and denying black mob violence,” said one Chicago cop, who would rather keep his job than be identified as a source of stories...
  • (Planet of the Apes Goes PC) - 'Sexist' Gorilla Being Kicked Out of Dallas Zoo; Ape To Get Therapy

    09/26/2013 5:04:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Lee Moran
    'Sexist' gorilla being kicked out of Dallas Zoo Patrick, a 23-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was born in the Bronx Zoo in 1990, has nipped at female apes he was to mate with and even bit one, and has belittled others. Patrick will be transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. A "sexist" male gorilla at Dallas Zoo is being evicted and sent for therapy after he bit one female companion and belittled others. Patrick — a 430-pound Western lowland born at New York's Bronx Zoo in 1990 — will be moved to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens...
  • Zoo Miami's White Bengal Tiger Carlita Was Euthanized

    09/16/2013 10:37:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Sep 16, 2013
    Recently, Carlita's health deteriorated quickly and her quality of life was poor with no possibility of improving.Carlita, the 21-year-old white Bengal tiger who had been at Zoo Miami for almost two decades, was euthanized on Monday, the zoo said. In May 2012, Carlita was retired to a special enclosure in a secluded quarantine area because she was starting to show signs of her age, the zoo said. Recently, her health deteriorated quickly and her quality of life was poor with no possibility of improving. Carlita was born in captivity in July 1992 and came to the zoo two years later....
  • Labrador puppy brought to Dallas Zoo to calm cheetah cubs

    09/09/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT · by Doogle · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 09/09/13 | FOXNEWS
    An unlikely playmate has been brought into the Dallas Zoo to help calm two male cheetah cubs: an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy named Amani. Amani is joining two 8-week-old feline brothers, Winspear and Kamau, born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. According to a zoo statement, Amani means "peace" in Swahili. Since Labs are easygoing in public settings and since the pup will grow with the cubs, zoo experts believe he'll provide a calming influence for the cats. Winspear and Kamau will join the zoo's Animal Adventures outreach program to help teach the...
  • 9 endangered venomous vipers born at St. Louis Zoo

    09/04/2013 7:56:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | Published September 04, 2013/
    The species was thought to be extinct after a label incorrectly read that the snakes inhabited only an area of northwestern Iran. "For that reason they were thought to be extinct for 140 years," says Ettling. "It wasn't until 1983 that a couple German entomologists rediscovered them in Northeastern Turkey so they were off a little bit." As soon as the word got out that the rare snake species were still alive and slithering in eastern Turkey, snake collectors rushed to scoop up as many of the already wiped-out species as they could.
  • National Zoo's panda Mei Xiang gives birth

    08/23/2013 5:14:29 PM PDT · by Gefn · 5 replies
    The WashingtonPost ^ | August 23, 2013 | Washington Post
    The National Zoo's Giant Panda gave birth to a cub, the zoo said on Friday
  • China Zoo Under Fire for Disguising Dog as Lion

    08/15/2013 7:35:31 AM PDT · by bigbob · 32 replies ^ | 8-15-13 | AFP
    A Chinese zoo's supposed "African lion" was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking. The zoo in the People's Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily. It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made -- but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled "African lion" was barking. The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff -- a large and long-haired breed of dog. "The zoo is absolutely...
  • Chinese zoo under fire for disguising hairy dog as lion

    08/15/2013 4:39:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 15, 2013
    BEIJING: A Chinese zoo's supposed "African lion" was exposed as a fraud when the dog used as a substitute started barking.
  • ‘Rest at peace my old friend’: 46-year-old white rhino, Charlie, euthanized at Vancouver zoo

    07/12/2013 4:27:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | July 12 2013 | Joe O'Connor
    Charlie knew what he liked. Maynard, for example, was something he liked, a tiny, orange tabby-cat, who would weave in and out of Charlie’s feet by day and fall asleep on his chest at night. Pedicures were another pleasure. Mud baths. Getting a back rub with a stiff-bristled brush. Having his ears and belly scratched. Charlie was no introvert. He was all about the personal touch. And he had personality. The people who knew him best get all choked up talking about him now, describing him as a “kind soul” — as big as a house and as gentle as...
  • Giant anteaters separated, reproduce anyway

    05/20/2013 7:55:57 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies
    upi ^ | May 19, 2013
    GREENWICH, Conn.,- A giant anteater at a Connecticut conservation center gave birth even though she had been separated from her mate for several months, zoo officials said. Tenders at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., said they were surprised to find giant anteater Armani had given birth to baby Archie one morning in April. They said she had been separated from her mate, Alf, since she gave birth to their daughter, Alice, in August. Male anteaters are known to commit infanticide, so keepers had moved Alf into a separate enclosure at the time, only reuniting the couple recently,...
  • 3 arrested at KC Zoo: Big crowds, big fights

    04/08/2013 9:24:21 PM PDT · by mykroar · 56 replies ^ | 4/8/2013 | Michelle Pekarsky and Rob Low
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two women and a teenage boy were arrested Sunday afternoon after a series of fights marred Free Day at the Kansas City Zoo. Kansas City, Missouri Police arrested 40-year old Minnie Davidson for resisting arrest. Another woman, Drucilla Davidson, 20, and a 15-year old boy were both charged with assault on a police officer. The largest fight took place at closing time in the parking lot near the main entrance. But Mary Summers from Independence, Mo., told FOX 4 there was also a huge brawl earlier in the day in the Africa section of the zoo....
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Seattle Zoo Turns Violent

    04/01/2013 8:23:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood — the Easter egg hunt — turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Blame the moms. A statement on the Seattle Police Department blotter Monday says the "hard-boiled tale" began Sunday afternoon, "when one woman reportedly pushed a child aside as her own child was scrambling toward some brightly colored eggs."
  • A Sign You Would See At A Zoo Run By Liberals

    11/21/2012 5:11:26 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-21-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Zoo Boise break-in leads to death of monkey

    11/17/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Zoo Boise remained closed Saturday as police conducted an investigation into an overnight break-in at the zoo's primate building that resulted in the death of a male Patas monkey, one of two at the zoo. "It's very disturbing that someone would intentionally break into the zoo and harm an animal," said Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Department in a statement. "We're doing all we can to find who did this." Police said they are seeking two males wearing dark clothing spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit. Both fled, one...
  • Pittsburgh Zoo official, witnesses discuss fatal mauling of child at African painted dogs exhibit

    11/04/2012 2:29:46 PM PST · by EinNYC · 51 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 4, 2012 | Don Hopey and Karen Kane
    A little boy was mauled to death today after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. "The screams just kept coming and coming: 'Someone help. Someone has to do something,'" recounted Angela Cinti, 20, of Bethel Park, who was visiting the zoo today. Zoo President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Baker said the child, who was about 3 years old, was on an outing with his mother when he fell over a wooden railing and off of a mesh barrier where the painted dogs were on display. A zoo spokeswoman said the wooden railing...
  • E.T. the Walrus practices his vocalizations at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

    08/06/2012 12:11:47 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium ^ | June 8, 2012 | Unattributed
    E.T. is a 30-year-old Pacific walrus at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. He weighs about 3,400 lbs and is one of only 17 walruses in U.S. zoos and aquariums. E.T. came to the Zoo as an orphan from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. E.T. is named for his wrinkled resemblance to alien in the popular 1982 movie "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." Learn more about E.T. the walrus at
  • Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself

    07/27/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 27, 2012
    PRAGUE (AP) -- A gorilla has died in the Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said Friday. The zoo said in a statement that 5-year-old Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck Friday morning in a sleeping room.
  • Tigers maul man to death in Copenhagen zoo

    07/11/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    AFP - ^ | 11 July 2012
    A man was mauled to death by three tigers after breaking into their enclosure at a zoo in Copenhagen, police and staff at the zoo said on Wednesday. The victim, a 20-year-old Afghan who was given Danish nationality last month, was found lying on the floor ... "He was attacked by the three tigers... Police said they do not know why the man broke into the enclosure
  • An anti-Jew in the zoo: Elmo kicked out of Central Park Zoo

    06/25/2012 5:41:18 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 25, 2012 | Stephen Elliot
    Police removed a mentally disturbed man in an Elmo costume from New York City’s Central Park Zoo on Sunday afternoon. The man was spouting anti-Jewish insults, including encouraging visitors at the zoo to read “The International Jew” — an anti-Semitic series of pamphlets published by Henry Ford. The anti-Semitic Elmo made his first appearance in 2009 in Times Square, demanding people give him money to take pictures of him. Berating people who refused to give him money, Elmo said, “Elmo needs to make a living too.” He popped up again in 2010. When observers Sunday told the Elmo to get...
  • (D@mn Dirty Apes!) Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors

    05/17/2012 7:27:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Live Science ^ | 17 May 2012 | Charles Choi,
    Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors - (Santino just 1 second before the throw.) A chimp that creates hiding places for rocks he throws at zoo visitors reveals for the first time that humanity's closest living relatives can plan to deceive, researchers say. These findings could shed light on the evolution of higher mental functions such as planning, investigators added. The chimpanzee known as Santino is the dominant male of his group at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden. Intriguingly, past research showed the ape calmly gathered stones from his enclosure's moat and pieces of concrete he pulled off an...
  • Woman mauled by cheetahs in South African game park ( Tame : LOL )

    05/04/2012 11:29:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    A woman tourist from Britain in a South African game park was mauled by two cheetahs in a horrific attack. Violet D'Mello was petting the "tame" cats in the petting area of Kragga Kamma Game Park with other tourists when they began attacking an eight-year-old girl. The woman watched in horror as they clawed and bit her leg ... Suddenly, the cheetahs left the girl and began eyeing the little girl's seven-year-old brother who was trying to flee. Just as D'Mello tried to intervene, the two animals turned their attention to her.
  • South Africa: Man Photographs Cheetahs Attacking Wife

    05/06/2012 7:55:05 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 5, 2012 | The Associated Press
    South Africa: Man Photographs Cheetahs Attacking Wife The photos taken by a tourist from Scotland show his wife on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck, with two cheetahs nearby (Violet D'Mello poses with a cheetah while being photographed by her husband Archibald during a visit to Kragga Kamma game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.) JOHANNESBURG — The photos taken by a tourist from Scotland show his wife on the ground, hair flying, blood on her neck, with two cheetahs nearby. The Port Elizabeth Herald reported Friday that Violet D'Mello of Aberdeen, Scotland, was attacked by cheetahs on...
  • Viral video: Lion tries to munch on baby at zoo

    05/04/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by Altariel · 13 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 05/03/2012 | Laura Weisman
    A baby boy’s visit to the Oregon Zoo in Portland has given the world a new viral video that’s hard to look away from. As the boy smiles for Mom’s video phone, a lion behind the glass sees the kid as a snack, apparently, trying in vain to chomp through the glass. It’s rather disturbing. And then Mom kind of laughs, a little nervously. Her trust of the glass installers is stronger than mine would have been. Here’s what KGW-TV in Portland reported: The one-year old, named Jack, is dressed in a striped jacket that looked a little like a...
  • Meet the new Knut: Zoo crowds wowed by tragic polar bear’s sister who... could be even cuter

    03/30/2012 5:09:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The half-sister of late celebrity polar bear Knut made her debut in Germany this week - and she may have even more star quality than him. Anori has the same father but a different mother to the troubled Knut who collapsed and died from a brain tumour aged just four a year ago. Unlike Knut, she was not abandoned at birth by her mother but appeared in public with her at Wuppertal Zoo.
  • Newt visits the San Diego Zoo

    02/14/2012 10:20:05 PM PST · by South40 · 5 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2/14/2012 | Christopher Cadelago
    Newt Gingrich has never been shy about his love of zoos. While campaigning here for the GOP presidential nomination, Gingrich sneaked away for an unannounced Valentine’s Day visit to the San Diego Zoo. “I really like to see the animals,” Gingrich said Tuesday during a private tour in Balboa Park. “But I also like to see how zoos think. What are they trying to accomplish?” In San Diego, the elephant complex is replete with what he described as a sophisticated introduction to fossils that gives visitors “a feel for Southern California.” Gingrich spent a few extra moments staring silently at...
  • Cops: Cross-dressing muggers charged with additional attacks

    02/02/2012 10:17:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2012 | Rosemary Sobol
    Two men who prosecutors said were dressed as women when they mugged two people in November 2011 near Lincoln Park Zoo have been charged with a pair of additional attacks that authorities said happened the month before, police said.
  • Oakland budget cuts hit zoo, Children's Fairyland

    01/24/2012 2:21:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies ^ | 1/24/12 | Carolyn Jones
    Oakland unveiled an austere budget Monday that calls for sweeping cuts to community favorites like Children's Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo but keeps police services intact. In all, more than $28 million will be sliced from the budget, mostly from the $388 million general fund. The cuts are due to the loss of redevelopment funds, which Oakland used to fund services and programs across the city. "It's not clean and neat. We wish it were," said Mayor Jean Quan. "For California's older, larger cities, like Oakland, losing these redevelopment funds has been very, very tough." The City Council will discuss...

    11/11/2011 1:09:23 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 137 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A gigantic python snake in Florida ate a 76-pound adult deer. The 16 foot long Burmese python was one of the largest pythons discovered to date in the sunshine state. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s exotic species coordinator Scott Hardin, if these huge snakes aren’t killed, they could migrate northward. A government sanctioned shotgun blast stopped this snake from its potential journey to Atlanta or the Carolinas. And just how any inches around did the beast’s belly have to measure in order to covert a 76 pound Bambi into breakfast? 44 inches. Oh, and what is the average...
  • Horror, resignation at killing of Ohio animals

    10/20/2011 11:24:27 AM PDT · by Enchante · 91 replies
    AP via YahooNews ^ | October 20, 2011 | ANDY BROWNFIELD and KANTELE FRANKO
    ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Amid expressions of horror and revulsion at the killing of dozens of wild animals in Ohio — and photographs of their bloody carcasses — animal rights advocates agreed there was little local authorities could have done to save the dangerous creatures once they began roaming the countryside after their owner released them before taking his own life. Sheriff's deputies shot 48 animals — including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions — after Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County Animal Farm near Zanesville, threw their cages open Tuesday and then committed suicide.
  • Sheriff: 56 exotic animals escaped from farm near Zanesville; 49 killed by authorities

    10/19/2011 6:03:10 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 193 replies ^ | October 19, 2011 | Dispatch staff reporter Kathy Lynn Gray and Staff
    The animals that were killed included 18 tigers, nine male lions, eight female lions, six black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzly bears, one baboon and two wolves, Sheriff Matt Lutz said.
  • Girls get caught for late-night goat walk

    08/31/2011 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 4 replies
    mankatofreepress ^ | August 29, 2011 | Dan Nienaber
    Young culprits found with animal from Sibley Park zoo MANKATO — A couple of young rustlers attempted to use their imagination to escape the long arm of the law Saturday, but after about an hour of story telling they eventually learned they’d made a baaaaad decision. A Mankato resident called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to report two very young girls, who turned out to be under the age of 10, were walking along Carney Avenue north of Riverfront Drive. They were in their pajamas and had a goat with them, the caller said. ~~~ They told the officer...
  • Mutant two-headed snake wows visitors at Ukrainian zoo

    07/14/2011 10:41:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 07-14-2011 | Staff
    A snake with two heads, each able to think and eat separately and even steal food from each other, has become a popular attraction at a Ukrainian zoo. The small albino California Kingsnake, now on show in the Black Sea resort of Yalta is quite a handful, zoo workers told AFP. The snake's two heads are fiercely independent, are not always in agreement and like to snatch food from each other, said keepers of the private zoo, called Skazka, or Fairy Tale. "Sometimes one head wants to crawl in one direction and the other head in another direction," zoo director...
  • Lioness Tries to Eat Toddler

    06/15/2011 3:31:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies ^ | 15 June 2011 | MFA staff
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An ordinary family trip to the zoo is anything but, as a female lion takes a special liking to a toddler visiting her exhibit. The 400 pound lioness seemed very curious about the toddler. At one point she even looks like she's trying to eat the boy through the thick glass wall! The boy's father filmed the entire encounter. "I was definitely intimidated and a little, you know, it just seems like natural mother instinct to kind of want to pull him out of there, but he seemed to be having fun," said the mother Catherine...
  • Wolf escapes from Minn. Zoo exhibit, is fatally shot

    06/08/2011 10:31:29 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies ^ | 6/8/11 | Paul Walsh
    A wolf at the Minnesota Zoo escaped briefly from its exhibit Wednesday morning before being shot and killed by zoo staff. The animal never left the zoo’s grounds in Apple Valley, and no people were harmed, said zoo spokeswoman Kelly Lessard. The zoo has yet to say how the wolf got loose. The 8-year-old male had to be killed, Lessard said, “because of [its] proximity to people.” Mary Woestehoff, of Richfield, said she saw the wolf “running around the path” at about 10:30 a.m., prompting her to scoop up her 18-month-old daughter. Woestehoff went to a zoo emergency telephone and...
  • Leopard Attacks Child At Sedgwick County Zoo

    05/06/2011 12:38:39 PM PDT · by eccentric · 79 replies
    KAKE News, Wichita, KS ^ | May 6, 2011 | KAKE News
    A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized after being attacked by a leopard at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Dispatchers said the call came in just before 1:30. Zoo officials said the boy climbed a guardrail to get closer to the leopard cage. The leopard was able to reach the child with both of its paws, injuring the boy on his neck. The boy suffered wounds on his neck and face. The zoo official said people riding the zoo tram saw the attack, jumped off and scared the leopard away. Via Christi on St. Francis reports that the child is now in fair...
  • Teen Stabbed at National Zoo During African American Family Day

    04/25/2011 7:18:12 PM PDT · by bornred · 34 replies
    FOX DC ^ | Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 9:05 PM EDT | Staff
    WASHINGTON - D.C. Police say a teenage boy was stabbed inside the National Zoo in Northwest. Sources tell FOX 5's Wisdom Martin that a 14-year-old male was stabbed in the chest in the zoo after being jumped by another group of young people. ... In a statement, the National Zoo says they have a person in Zoo police custody and that individual will be turned over to D.C. Police. Easter Monday is traditionally African American Family Day at the National Zoo. Easter Monday has been a Washington-area multicultural tradition that spans more than 100 years. In 2000, there was a...