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Giant Snake Has Virgin Birth

Reticulated python had 6 babies, with no male in sight

(Newser) - Sorry, gents, you might be getting phased out of the reproduction loop—at least when it comes to the world's longest snakes. Thelma, a 200-pound, 20-foot-long reticulated python who lives at Kentucky's Louisville Zoo with her female roommate Louise, gave birth in 2012 to six female babies. This... More »

Boy, 9, Loses Arm Trying to Feed Zoo Bear

Child had stuck arm through cage to try to feed the animal

(Newser) - A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said today. The attack happened yesterday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in Henan province, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed to... More »

Jaguar Bites 3-Year-Old's Neck at Zoo

Boy in stable condition in Arkansas hospital

(Newser) - A jaguar bite to the neck left a three-year-old boy in critical condition—but he's now "stable and ... expected to improve," the Arkansas Children's Hospital says. The boy was visiting a zoo in Little Rock, Ark., when he fell into the jaguar display, USA Today reports.... More »

Zoo Admits It Kills Extra Deer, Serves Them to Eat

Also on the menu in restaurants at Zurich's Langenberg zoo: wild boar

(Newser) - "Deer cutlet" and "braised wild boar roast" on a restaurant menu might warrant a double-take no matter what—but probably a little more so when it's a zoo restaurant doing the serving. "Is this not an April Fools' joke?" a visitor to the Langenberg wildlife park... More »

Zoo Spends Years Trying to Mate Male Hyenas

It's hard to tell males, females apart, Japan zoo says

(Newser) - Hyena sexing by sight alone is "very difficult," says a Japanese zoo that spent years trying to mate a pair of males. The Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo says Kami and Kamutori were obtained in a 2010 exchange with a South Korean zoo that said they were a male... More »

White Tiger Mauls Zoo Visitor to Death

The man somehow ended up in tiger's enclosure

(Newser) - What is certain is that a young man was mauled to death today by a white tiger at the New Delhi zoo. What is less certain is how he ended up in the enclosure. The Times of India and BBC use words like "tumbled" and "slipped": A witness... More »

Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

(Newser) - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure... More »

Woman Loses Part of Finger Petting Lion at Zoo

She and the zoo are trading blame

(Newser) - It could have been much worse. Police in Michigan are investigating a woman's report that a lion bit off part of her finger at a small private zoo in northern Michigan. Renae Ferguson tells WNEM-TV that the big cat "ripped" her finger as she tried to pet it... More »

Alligator Escapes Zoo With Help of ... Tortoise?

Zoo owner says tortoise may have enabled 12-inch alligator's escape

(Newser) - An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. TV stations WWTV-WWUP and WPBN-WTOM and MLive.com report the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway.... More »

Zoo That Killed Giraffe Kills 4 Healthy Lions

Two females and two cubs put down to make room for incoming male

(Newser) - The Copenhagen Zoo has another controversy on its hands over its treatment—more precisely, its killing—of animals. The zoo, which drew outcries several weeks ago when it killed a healthy giraffe and dissected it publicly, killed four lions this week to make way for an incoming adult male lion,... More »

Flamingo Massacre Mystery Solved

Not raccoons or Satanists but foxes to blame

(Newser) - Something or somebody has got it in for the rapidly dwindling flamingo population at the Frankfurt Zoo, and after foxes, raccoons, and Satanists were floated as potential culprits, the killer has been identified. The zoo director today said that tests show the villain was a fox, reports the AP . Some... More »

Rare Croc Killed in Zoo Mating Gone Wrong

Male false gharial suffocated female

(Newser) - A Dutch zoo's attempt to breed a rare, endangered crocodile went terribly wrong when the female half of the horizontal tango died in the act, the zoo revealed yesterday. While mating, the male false gharial crocodile usually holds the female down with his mouth "to show his superiority,... More »

Man Tries to Feed Himself to Tigers

Incredibly, suicide plan does not work

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Chinese man chose what has to be one of the most painful-sounding ways to attempt suicide: On Sunday, Yang Jinhai climbed a tree at the Chengdu Zoo and lowered himself into the tiger enclosure, where he "performed exaggerated movements" for 20 minutes, trying to get the tigers... More »

2nd Giraffe May Be Killed by Danish Zoo

Jyllands Park's Marius could be put down if the zoo finds female for breeding

(Newser) - First Marius, now ... Marius? After a young male giraffe was shot, dissected, and fed to animals at the Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday over concerns of inbreeding, a second Danish zoo says its giraffe of the same name may face a similar fate. Jyllands Park has two male giraffes, and it'... More »

Zoo Shoots, Dissects Young Giraffe—Feeds It to Lions

Copenhagen Zoo kills 'surplus' male over inbreeding, gets pretty graphic

(Newser) - The Copenhagen Zoo is facing more than a little wrath today after it put down a healthy young male giraffe with a bolt pistol and fed its meat to zoo carnivores—all over concerns about inbreeding, reports the AP . Two-year-old Marius was considered "surplus," reports the BBC , because... More »

Lions Kill Lioness in Front of Zoo Visitors

Zoo veterinarian has no idea why

(Newser) - Animal experts are looking for answers after two lions killed a lioness at the Dallas Zoo on Sunday—right in front of visitors. The zoo's Dr. Lynn Kramer has worked in zoos for more than 30 years, and said he'd never heard of something like this: "Been... More »

Zoo's Rare Tiger Drowns 3 Weeks After Birth

London zookeepers think mom might have carried it out of den

(Newser) - London zookeepers are using the word "distraught," and understandably so: The city's zoo has lost the first Sumatran tiger born there in 17 years; the three-week-old cub apparently drowned on Saturday morning. Keepers realized something was amiss after failing to locate the newborn using the cameras trained... More »

Zookeeper Killed by Charging Elephant

'Patience' had a history of aggression

(Newser) - A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri was killed today when he was charged by an elephant, a spokeswoman for the city of Springfield said. John Bradford, 62, died when he was attacked by an elephant inside the area at the Dickinson Park Zoo where the elephants are housed, city spokeswoman... More »

Tiger Bites Worker's Arm at Okla. Zoo

Woman fighting for her arm after sticking it in tiger cage

(Newser) - A tiger ripped up the left arm of a worker at a central Oklahoma animal park after the woman stuck her hand into the giant cat's enclosure today. Joe Schreibvogel, owner of Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, said the woman was in surgery this afternoon at an... More »

It's Time We Let Pandas Die Out

Keeping the species going is a waste of time and money, writes Timothy Lavin

(Newser) - This may prove to be one of the more controversial opinion pieces in recent memory. Timothy Lavin isn't slamming sleazy politicians or Wall Street bankers. No, he's speaking out against ... pandas . Cute as they are, Lavin writes at Bloomberg , they are a "hopeless and wasteful species the... More »

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