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'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Lives in Chinese Mall

Activists want it closed

(Newser) - His name is Pizza and he lives in a Chinese mall where visitors pose for selfies next to his glass enclosure and knock loudly to get his attention. Such is life when you're the "world's saddest polar bear," per the Daily Express . Pizza , a polar bear... More »

Zoo Closing After 140 Years to Give Its Animals a Better Life

'Captivity is degrading'

(Newser) - The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of... More »

Huge 'Bonnie and Clyde' Rodents Loose in Toronto

The capybara pair escaped from High Park Zoo on May 24

(Newser) - A #CapybaraWatch hashtag is making the rounds online in the hopes that the public can help track down two giant capybaras that flew the coop of a Toronto zoo more than two weeks ago, National Geographic reports. The aptly nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde made a run for it on May... More »

Zoo Visitor Spots Escaped Leopard

Utah zoo was locked down for 30 minutes

(Newser) - When she got word of a leopard on the loose at the zoo in Salt Lake City, Katie Boender ducked into the nearest building with her group of preschool students: a bathroom. They spent the next 30 minutes holed up there as an emergency team tranquilized the rare animal that... More »

Lion Lunges at Toddler in Insane Zoo Video

Zoo says he was just playing

(Newser) - In a crazy video taken over the weekend at a Japanese zoo, a lion can be seen attempting to pounce on a toddler, only to slam into his glass enclosure headfirst. Per the Independent , Tokyo's Chiba Zoological Park, which introduced the glass enclosures in April, says that the lion... More »

Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: 'I Watch My Kids'

Michelle Gregg returns fire on Facebook

(Newser) - Michelle Gregg, a bad parent? Not according to Michelle Gregg, the mother of a 4-year-old boy who got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, prompting a response team to shoot the animal dead , reports People . "My son ... fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo,... More »

Guy Attempts Suicide by Jumping in Lion Cage

Franco Luis Ferrada, 20, was critically injured

(Newser) - Two lions were killed after they severely mauled a man who stripped naked and entered their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt early Saturday in Chile, the AP reports. The man—identified by the Guardian as Franco Luis Ferrada, 20—was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was... More »

Walrus 'Hug' Kills 2 at Wildlife Park

Tourist fell from open walkway: reports

(Newser) - A tourist and trainer have died after a walrus "hug" at a wildlife park in China. A male tourist from northern China was reportedly taking videos of a walrus from a narrow walkway at Xixiajou Wildlife Park in Shandong Province when he accidentally fell in the walrus pool. A... More »

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 »

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