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Mountain Lion May Have Killed 3 Zoo Animals

Disoriented cougar roamed San Francisco for days

(Newser) - Zookeepers in San Francisco believe they have cracked the case of the massacred marsupials. A red kangaroo and two wallaroos—a kangaroo cousin smaller than a kangaroo but bigger than a wallaby—were found dead in an outdoor exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo on June 12, and the zoo... More »

There's a New Twist in the Tiger King Saga

Judge gives control of the Okla. zoo once owned by 'Joe Exotic' to his foe Carole Baskin

(Newser) - Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage's worst nightmare—other than landing in prison, which is where he already is—just came true. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Carole Baskin, depicted as the archenemy of "Joe Exotic" in Netflix's Tiger King, has been awarded his former zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., after a... More »

Family Skirmish Ends Poorly for Baby Gorilla

Kitoko undergoes neurosurgery after he's apparently accidentally bitten by family member

(Newser) - A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group. Animal health experts at the Woodland Park Zoo say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mother,... More »

Officer Used His Phone to Lure Escaped Peacock

Boston officer found a mating call

(Newser) - Turns out you're not the only one desperate to break out of your home environment these days. A peacock named Snowbank fled Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, and was wooed back in a most unusual way. Zoo New England, which has the Franklin Park Zoo under its umbrella, says... More »

Judge Gives 'Joe Exotic' Exactly What He Wants

Joseph Maldonado-Passage says he needs more time to argue for his lawsuit

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and federal wildlife violations has been granted an extra month to argue why his lawsuit challenging the convictions shouldn't be dismissed, the AP reports. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic,"... More »

Zoo Says It's Listed the Animals It Will 'Have to Slaughter First'

Neumünster Zoo is struggling amid the coronavirus

(Newser) - Germany's Neumünster Zoo isn't one you've probably heard of before, but it's making headlines over a jarring coronavirus-related announcement: that it might have to start feeding some of its animals to other ones. And it's not just theoretical. "We've listed the animals... More »

Zoo Tiger Tests Positive

Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan, showed symptoms in March

(Newser) - A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday, per the AP . The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia—and... More »

Lions Eat Teen in Safari Park

Pakistan teen had gone out to cut grass for cattle fodder

(Newser) - A teenager in Pakistan who went out to cut grass for cattle fodder ended up being eaten by lions in a safari park, authorities say. The remains of 17-year-old Muhammed Bilal were found Wednesday in the lion enclosure at Lahore Safari, the BBC reports. The teen, who lived in a... More »

3 Cheetahs, 2 Cubs, One 'Big Breakthrough'

Birth via surrogacy allows for greater genetic diversity

(Newser) - Ohio has welcomed two new scientific marvels—the first ever cheetah cubs born via in vitro fertilization. Cheetahs are a vulnerable species, with only 7,500 left in the wild. They also have low genetic diversity owing to a mass die-off about 10,000 years ago. That's made breeding... More »

Zoo Offers Up a Little V-Day Revenge for the Lovelorn

For $25, you can name a mouse after your ex, watch it get fed to a snake

(Newser) - The San Antonio Zoo is getting in on the trend of Valentine's Day revenge , offering to name a rat after your ex and feed it to a snake. The feast goes down Feb. 14, with a $25 charge per submission. Or you can go the $5 route and name... More »

Old Perfume Taking Up Space? Zoo's Big Cats Will Take It

Banham Zoo puts out a call for perfume, cologne

(Newser) - Have any old bottles of perfume or cologne lying around? Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, will take them. The zoo says its lions, tigers, and leopards "respond very positively to unique scents when sprayed in their enclosures," and since their supplies are running low, they're hoping the... More »

2 Weeks After Death of Mate, Lion Falls Into Zoo Moat, Dies

Isis died less than 2 weeks after her mate was put down at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago

(Newser) - A 14-year-old lion at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago mysteriously fell into her enclosure's dry moat and died less than two weeks after her mate was put down for age-related issues, officials said. After the female African lion named Isis didn't show any signs of recovery from the... More »

Mother, 2 Daughters Admit Role in Zoo Fire

German police say 3 women 'infinitely sorry' after releasing sky lanterns; 30 animals died

(Newser) - More than 30 animals perished in a zoo fire early New Year's Day, and German police now say three suspects have emerged and taken responsibility. After reports circulated that police suspected sky lanterns may have caused the inferno that destroyed the Krefeld Zoo's ape house, cops say a... More »

Zoo Fire Kills More Than 30 Animals

Illegal sky lanterns marking new year may be to blame

(Newser) - A fire at a zoo in western Germany in the first minutes of 2020 killed more than 30 animals, including apes, monkeys, bats and birds, authorities said. Police said the fire may have been caused by sky lanterns launched to celebrate the new year, the AP reports. Witnesses reported that... More »

Thanksgiving Was Extra-Special at This Zoo

Polar bear born Thursday morning at Ohio's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

(Newser) - An Ohio zoo is celebrating the birth of a polar bear cub. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the cub, shown in a Columbus Dispatch video , was born early Thursday morning to 13-year-old Aurora, per the AP . "The #ColumbusZoo is #thankful to welcome a new polar bear cub born... More »

Woman Who Climbed Into Lion's Den: 'I Am the Lion Now'

Myah Autry is in custody on trespassing charges after stunt at Bronx Zoo went viral

(Newser) - A woman who climbed into a lion's exhibit at New York City's Bronx Zoo in September has turned herself in to police. The Asbury Park Press reports that Myah Autry, said to be in her early 30s, has been charged with criminal trespassing after being taken into custody... More »

Endangered Turtles Are Apparently Stolen From Zoo

They fetch high prices on the black market as pets

(Newser) - Endangered turtles that are in demand on the black market have vanished from a zoo in Japan. Officials assume the 64 turtles were stolen, the AFP reports. "We feed them twice a week, and a keeper noticed their number was clearly low," an official at the Okinawa Zoo... More »

He Stole a Famous Lemur, Will Go to Prison for It

Aquinas Kasbar, now 19, allegedly wanted to keep Isaac as a pet

(Newser) - A 33-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Isaac is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity in North America. That he made it to 33 was lucky: On July 27, 2018, the then-32-year-old was stolen from California's Santa Ana Zoo. The teen who took him has now been... More »

Bronx Zoo Visitor Enters Enclosure, Taunts Lion

She danced, waved hands in front of animal

(Newser) - The Bronx Zoo says a woman who climbed inside its lion exhibit and appeared to taunt one of the animals is lucky she wasn't killed or seriously injured. In video captured by a bystander Saturday, the woman waves at the apparently puzzled male lion and dances, NBC reports. The... More »

Zoo Furious After Names Scratched Into Rhino's Back

France's La Palmyre Zoo decries the 'stupidity'

(Newser) - It's one thing to scrawl your name on a random wall. Staff at one of France's most-visited zoos say visitors instead chose to make their mark on a rhinoceros' back. La Palmyre Zoo says it was "outraged by the stupidity and disrespect" of the visitors who apparently... More »

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