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Zoo on Mauled Zookeeper: It's Her Fault

Stacey Konwiser seemingly broke the rules

(Newser) - A zookeeper killed by a Malayan tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo met her end by entering an area she should have avoided, the zoo's top official says. Stacey Konwiser, 38, who was mauled on April 15, apparently broke zoo safety rules by going inside the cat's sleeping... More »

Zoo Could Have Shot Tiger as It Mauled Keeper, Didn't

Tranquilizing tiger instead delayed help for injured keeper Stacey Konwiser

(Newser) - To kill, or to tranquilize? Palm Beach Zoo is defending its choice of taking the latter route when keeper Stacey Konwiser was attacked and fatally injured by a tiger last Friday. Police say the choice meant that it took longer for emergency personnel to reach Konwiser, who died after being... More »

Woman Hops Tiger Fence to Get Hat Back

Toronto Zoo wants to talk to 'moron' in video

(Newser) - People at the Toronto Zoo want to talk to somebody who got too close for comfort to one of their Sumatran tigers—for the sake of a hat. A video that surfaced over the weekend shows a woman hopping a fence at the tiger enclosure to retrieve a fallen hat,... More »

Tiger Kills Zoo's 'Tiger Whisperer'

Beloved staff member mauled at Palm Beach Zoo

(Newser) - The chief tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo was killed on Friday by one of the animals she loved. Stacey Konwiser, 38, was attacked in a tiger enclosure as she prepared to give a "Tiger Talk" to visitors, CNN reports. Cops had to tranquilize the 13-year-old male Malayan... More »

Chimp Escapes Zoo, Refuses to Go Back

Chacha scaled a power pole after escaping a Japanese zoo

(Newser) - A chimpanzee named Chacha briefly lived out his King Kong fantasies Thursday after escaping from a Japanese zoo, the AP reports. According to the Japan Times , Chacha was discovered missing from his cage at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai around 1:20pm. The zoo was locked down, and workers... More »

Zoo Locked Down After Polar Bear Escapes

'This kind of stuff happens'

(Newser) - It was a bear-y close call Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo when a female polar bear named Berit escaped her exhibit, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. According to WLWT , the bear got out of its exhibit into an interior hallway but never left the staff-only building. Regardless, visitors were herded into... More »

Ex-Zookeeper Cleared of Love-Triangle Assault

A meerkat handler, monkey expert, and llama-keeper, oh my!

(Newser) - Finally, legal closure in a tumultuous zookeeper love triangle across the pond—and perhaps the best lead-in sentence you'll read all week: "A former meerkat expert at London Zoo was cleared Tuesday of assaulting a monkey handler in a love spat over a llama-keeper" is how the AP... More »

Tourists Pluck, Kill 2 Peacocks for ... Selfies

Animals died on Feb. 12 at China's Yunnan Zoo

(Newser) - We just don't learn, do we? Shortly after beachgoers in Argentina killed a baby dolphin , tourists in China are accused of killing two peacocks in an attempt to snap a selfie. Officials say the visitors were told not to touch the animals at Yunnan Zoo in Kunming on Feb.... More »

Tiger Killed by Mating Partner at California Zoo

Attack occurred within moments of introduction

(Newser) - A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said. The male tiger became aggressive with the 15-year-old Baha minutes after a physical introduction, the zoo said in a statement.... More »

1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in 'Horrific' Accident at Miami Zoo

Juvenile injured spinal cord when his head got stuck in a fence

(Newser) - Staff at Zoo Miami are mourning the loss of a juvenile giraffe that had to be put down Tuesday after the 7-month-old got his head stuck in a fence. Wesley the giraffe poked his head into a 10-inch gap in a chain link fence on Tuesday, toward where another giraffe... More »

Zoo Says It's Got Earth's Longest Salamander

Oh, you know, just a normal 5-foot-2 amphibian

(Newser) - Prague Zoo says it likely has the longest Chinese giant salamander now on Earth. The critically endangered animal is the largest amphibian on the planet. In a statement Sunday, the zoo says Karlo, a Chinese giant salamander it received 19 months ago from the State Museum of Natural History in... More »

Red Panda Makes a Break From California Zoo

Staff worried about 'naive' and 'vulnerable' escapee Masala

(Newser) - A red panda made a break for it between feeding times Thursday at California's Sequoia Park Zoo—and now staffers are frantically searching for it, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Masala, a fully grown female described by the zoo as being the "size of a domestic cat,... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in California Zoo Accident

Ugh

(Newser) - A baby giraffe born at a Central California zoo last month has died after running into a fence in an exhibit. KFSN-TV reports that the male giraffe born Sept. 9 at the Chaffee Zoo died Sunday afternoon. It happened during a special preview event for the new African Adventure exhibit... More »

Zoo Has Decided to Dissect Lion in Public

Denmark's Odense Zoo says kids especially love this type of 'authentic' experience

(Newser) - Denmark's Odense Zoo decided it had one too many lions, so it put down one of the big cats and stored the remains in a freezer—and it plans to hold a live dissection of the animal on Thursday to "show how fantastic a lion is," RT.... More »

Houston Makes Zoo Take Down 'No Guns' Signs

Privately owned zoo is on public land, so concealed-carry OK holds sway

(Newser) - More than 200,000 schoolchildren filtered through the gates of the Houston Zoo last year, and because it's an "educational attraction," zoo officials figured the zoo was within its legal rights under Texas concealed-carry laws to ban guns on the grounds, a statement to KHOU notes. But... More »

Chicago Zoo Accidentally Kills 54 Stingrays

Animals in shallow pool died from low oxygen levels

(Newser) - Officials say all 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low. The Chicago Zoological Society says the four southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows... More »

Siegfried & Roy's White Lion Dies as Zoo Operates

Legend was undergoing surgery for lameness

(Newser) - A mesmerizing male white lion belonging to Siegfried & Roy died yesterday while undergoing a minor procedure at the Toledo Zoo, where he was on loan, reports the Toledo Blade . Fourteen-year-old Legend was being operated on after displaying signs of lameness in his front left foot; he was stable as... More »

Flooded Zoo's Escaped Tiger Kills Man, Is 'Liquidated'

Tiger in Tbilisi, Georgia, also injured another man

(Newser) - A tiger roaming the streets of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi—one of several creatures that escaped the Tbilisi zoo this weekend amid heavy flooding—killed a man today in a main city square, and wounded another, reports the BBC . The killing set off a hunt by camouflaged special forces,... More »

Zoo Demands Investigation Into Animals Shot in Flood

4 lions, 3 tigers, 2 jaguars among those dead in Georgia

(Newser) - Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching today for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around a zoo and left at least 12 people dead. None of the dead were killed by the zoo animals... More »

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