Monday, May 26, 2008

Detroit Zoo Keeper Mauled by Lioness

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - An animal handler at the Detroit Zoo has received stitches after being scratched and bitten by a lioness.

The Detroit Free Press reports the attack happened shortly after Saturday's 5 p.m. public closing time at the zoo in the Detroit
suburb of Royal Oak.

Zoo spokeswoman Patricia Mills Janeway says Brett Kipley, who in his 20s, received stitches at a hospital.
 
The newspaper says Kipley used pepper spray to fend off the animal during the attack.

The 16-year-old lioness named Katie has been at the zoo for 15 years, and usually isn't in close contact with her keepers.

The zoo plans to investigate the attack.


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Leopard mauls keeper as zoo visitors watch

Leopard mauls keeper as zoo visitors watch

May 26, 2008

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Potawatomi Zoo worker was attacked by a leopard as she cleaned the cat's holding area, leaving her with head wounds.

Zoo visitors watched Saturday as veteran zoo keeper Jeri Ellis was wheeled away on a stretcher, her head wrapped in bandages and towels spotted in blood.

Zoo Director Terry DeRosa said Ellis, whose injuries were not serious, was doing her daily routine when she was attacked about 11:30 a.m.

''We work with wild animals, and that potential is always there, and people really need to be careful when they are dealing with animals,'' DeRosa said. ''Unfortunately, something happened today.''

Visitor Heather Eschbach said she saw the victim being wheeled away.

''When we asked what happened, they told us, 'it was an accident,' '' she said.


http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/970586,CST-NWS-zoo26.article
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tiger victim's kin file claim against San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The parents of a teenager killed by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo filed a claim against the city Thursday, seeking monetary compensation for the mauling of their 17-year-old son.

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Carlos and Marilza Sousa follow the casket of their son in San Jose, California, on January 7.

Carlos Sousa Jr. died December 25 when a Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped its enclosure and attacked the San Jose teenager and two of his friends.

Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal were injured before police shot the tiger dead.

Sousa's parents, Carlos and Marilza Sousa, allege the city did not properly house the tiger, noting that the enclosure failed to meet height standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which accredits U.S. zoos.

The city of San Francisco "knew the tiger's enclosure was insufficient and thereby knowingly exposed zoo patrons to extremely dangerous, wild animals," according to the claim filed Thursday with the city controller's office.

In addition to financial compensation, Sousa's family wants the city to make sure all enclosures at the San Francisco Zoo meet standards set by the zoo association.

The city has 45 days to respond to the wrongful death and negligence claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, said the family's attorney, Michael Cardoza.

"They didn't house the animal properly, so they are responsible for both the death of Carlos Sousa Jr. and the tiger," Cardoza said. "If they had done their job properly, neither one of them would be dead."

In the claim, Sousa's parents say they haven't been able to complete their own investigation into the attacks because the police department has not released reports or investigative information.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera declined to comment on the claim filed Thursday because he had not seen it.

The city last week disputed claims filed by the Dhaliwal brothers alleging negligence and defamation and seek monetary compensation for their injuries.

The brothers said they were the targets of a "smear campaign" by a consultant hired by the zoo's manager regarding their role in possibly provoking the attack.

Herrera's office said that an investigation found that the city was not liable for those injuries and that the claims should be referred to the San Francisco Zoological Society, the zoo manager, and to the society's insurance company.

Mark Geragos, an attorney for the Dhaliwals, said Thursday that he plans to sue soon, possibly next week.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/16/tiger.attack.ap/index.html

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Declawed Pet Leopard Shot in Neosho, MO

Neosho, Mo. 

A Newton County deputy shot and killed what experts believe to have been a domesticated black panther Monday outside of Neosho as it tried to batter its way into a woman's home.

Sheriff's deputy Cpl. Donn Hall, who was not available for comment Tuesday, responded to a 9-1-1 call from a resident at 9555 Orchid Drive, southwest of Neosho, who told dispatchers a panther was trying to get in her back door.

"Most of the time when you get a call like that you're like 'Ok, whatever'" said Capt. Richard Leavens, patrol supervisor with the sheriff's department.

But when Hall arrived at the residence just after 6 a.m., he was met by the reported panther, which began running toward him. According to Leavens, Hall grabbed his service 12-gauge shotgun and pumped two shells into the attacking animal. Initially deterred, the panther retreated down the driveway, but then turned back and came at Hall again. He had time to squeeze off his last shotgun round and then drew his Glock .45 service pistol and emptied the clip into the cat, which dropped it.

"You're shooting at something about the size of a pie-plate (the panther's head) and then the adrenaline dumps on you," Leavens noted. "He didn't do too bad."

The resident, who was not identified, later told officers that she had been outside when the panther ran at her. She screamed and took off for her house. The cat would have overtaken her if her dogs hadn't jumped in to fight the animal off. It bought her the time she needed to reach her door and call the police. To her horror, the panther — who had brushed the dogs aside — then tried to break its way through the door to get at her.
Hall arrived shortly thereafter. The dogs weren't injured in the fight.

The panther, meanwhile, was later weighed in at 60 pounds and measured roughly three feet. Leavens said agents from the Department of Conservation were called in to examine the corpse and said the cat, a male, wasn't a fully matured adult. Interestingly, it had been de-clawed, indicating someone had owned it as a pet.

"Or at least they were keepers, I don't know who would want to have a 'pet' like that," Leavens said.

While exotic animals are legal to keep in Missouri, it requires a permit, which is kept on file at the county sheriff's department. Leavens said the only such permit in Newton County is for — oddly enough — a Bengal Tiger. He said the department had not been notified of anyone in the area reporting a missing panther.

However, considering the cat's range can be considerable, sometimes more than 100 miles from its home, Leavens said it might not have originated from very close-by.

Meanwhile, Hall was given the carcass of the animal and is having it stuffed at a Joplin taxidermist, Leavens said.

"Well, he will to have something to show his grandkids as proof," he joked.



By Wes Franklin
Neosho Daily News

http://www.neoshodailynews.com/news/x1902442595

Friday, May 16, 2008

Family of teenager killed by tiger files negligence claim against S.F.

Family of teenager killed by tiger files negligence claim against S.F.

By Leslie Griffy
Mercury News
Article Launched: 05/16/2008 01:33:47 AM PDT

The family of a teenager killed by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas filed claims against the city alleging negligence was responsible for the attack on the 17-year-old.

Carlos Sousa Jr.'s family is seeking an undisclosed amount of money as compensation for the teen's death. Filing a claim is a required step before the family can file a lawsuit seeking damages.

Sousa, a San Jose resident, was visiting the zoo with two friends on Christmas Day when a Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped her enclosure and attacked the group. Sousa was killed. His friends, Amritpal "Paul" and Kulbir Dhaliwal, also of San Jose, were mauled. Police shot and killed the tiger.

In their claim filed Thursday with the city and county of San Francisco, Sousa's parents allege that the city did not properly house the tiger.

At the time of the attack, the retaining wall in the tiger grotto was about four feet shorter than industry standards. Since then the zoo has spent $1.7 million on safety renovations, including increasing the height of the wall. A national group that accredits zoos concluded in a report that poor training and short staffing added to the tragedy.

One of the claims filed Thursday requests more improvements to the enclosures.

"We want to encourage the city to clean up the zoo so this doesn't happen again," said Michael Cardoza, the attorney for the Sousa family.

The city has 45 days to respond to the claims before the family can file a civil law suit.

A spokesman for the city attorney's office said he had yet to see the claim.

Last week, the city denied claims filed by the two brothers injured in the attack. In that case, the city referred the family to the zoo and its insurance company.

http://www.mercurynews.com/valley/ci_9279576
 


San Francisco denies claims filed by tiger attack victims

San Francisco denies claims filed by tiger attack victims

Fri May 9, 8:29 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco officials say an investigation has found the city not liable for injuries suffered by two brothers attacked by an escaped zoo tiger.

In a letter released Friday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera denies claims filed by Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal. A Siberian tiger mauled the men and killed their 17-year-old friend on Christmas Day.

Herrera says the claims should be referred the San Francisco Zoological Society, which manages the zoo, and to the society's insurance company.

The claims are a precursor to a lawsuit. The Dhaliwals' attorney says he expects to file one soon.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080510/ap_on_re_us/tiger_attacks_1
 


Tiger mauls man in Kheri forest

Tiger mauls man in Kheri forest

14 May 2008, 0534 hrs IST,Neha Shukla,TNN

LUCKNOW: Human interference in the wild is now fast turning on to them. In the latest manifestation of the severe man-animal conflict, a 30-year-old man Baburam was killed and partially eaten by a tiger in Mailani range of South Kheri forest division. Experts and officials agreed that Joint Forest Management (JFM) could help reducing the interference.

On Monday, a partially eaten body of the man was found lying in the forest area. According to the official version, probably the man had gone to collect firewood when the tiger charged onto him. Similar incidents, where partially eaten bodies were recovered from forest areas in Mohammadi and Mailani ranges of South Kheri, were reported in March and April. Officials are yet to conclude if it is the same animal or different ones who have attacked men in three reported incidents.

'Care and share' policy of the forest department, under Joint Forest Management (JFM) can help bring a change. "JFM can reduce biotic pressure on forests," said VP Singh, secretary, Tarai Nature Conservation Society.

"If we can provide the poorest of the lot in reserved forest areas some alternative fuel, things could improve. People who are extremely poor have to depend on firewood and they are most vulnerable of the lot," said sources in the department.

The other need for which local villagers are dependent on forest, is fodder for their cattle. The green cover around villages is reducing and people are moving inside the forest area. "There is a need to create buffer zone and massive afforestation around villages would help," added sources. The department claims that plantation is already going on under JFM, which is operational all over UP, including North and South Kheri.

The forest area in UP is existing up to Tarai, which is the most productive belt of the state. No doubt it is witnessing deforestation at an alarming rate. The forest area is getting converted into farmland. "Sugarcane, which is fast replacing normal crops in the region, is also one of the reasons behind wild attacks as it provides tigers a thick cover to give litters and when men venture into these fields they are attacked by the hiding animals," said MA Khalid, who was a world-bank coordinator for UP and Uttrakhand and currently an associate professor in one of the universities.

Cultivating crops like jute and others that do not attract herbivores can also be of help. It is on most occasions that tigers come out of thickets following these herbivores and then they attack humans.

JFM is an initiative to create a sense of belonging among the forest users who are people living in areas situated close to forest areas and dependent on it for their various needs.

Government of India has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for making Joint Forest Management (JFM) a success in Uttar Pradesh for 2007-08. Joint Forest Management, as the name suggests, is a collaborative programme which involves both the forest department and communities of forest users in not only conserving forest cover but also enhancing it. The concept has been a late starter in the state beginning 1997.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Lucknow/Tiger_mauls_man_in_Kheri_forest/articleshow/3037943.cms
 


Zookeeper injured by tiger

Zookeeper injured by tiger

Toledo Zoo says during normal procedures of caring for the tigers, a keeper sustained three minor lacerations to the chest

By Kristi Branam
Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 3:12 p.m.

TOLEDO, OH -- The Toledo Zoo said Sunday that a zookeeper suffered three minor lacerations to the chest while caring for the tigers.

Toledo Zoo spokesperson, Andi Norman, tells NBC24 that the incident occurred about 8:30 am during the normal procedures of caring for the tigers. The tiger's paw made it through a double mesh barrier at an odd angle, enabling the tiger to come into contact with the keeper. The keeper was transported to the hospital and was treated and released. The keeper did not return to work Sunday, but was able to leave on a planned trip Sunday afternoon.

Norman says the keeper has worked this area in the past without incident.

She says the zoo is in the process of reviewing the incident and will make any necessary changes to the exhibit.

The zoo was not open to the public at the time of the incident.

"There was never any danger to the public and the tigers are still secure in the exhibit. At no time was the tiger outside the exhibit, nor was there any danger that the tiger could escape," said Toledo Zoo Director, Dr. Anne Baker.

The Zoo's two female tigers, Marta and Kat, were born at The Toledo Zoo on May 29, 2003. They are on exhibit in Tiger Terrace, which has been under construction recently to improve drainage.

http://www.wnwo.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=132758
 


Thursday, May 15, 2008

White Tiger Bites FL Man During Rap Video in Miami

Tiger bites Loxahatchee wildlife trainer during rapper's video shoot
By ROCHELLE E.B. GILKEN

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

There was real blood on the set of rapper Rick Ross' video shoot in
Miami for "Here I Am."

Loxahatchee wildlife trainer Mark McCarthy got bit on the leg by his
white tiger Sabi, who was in a scene as Ross' pet.

McCarthy is now laid up with two puncture wounds in his right calf.
He canceled school programs he had scheduled for the next week.

He said the bite happened on Monday when Sabi got tangled in her
chain and McCarthy tried to free her. Sabi had rolled over like a
house cat and the chain tightened around her neck, McCarthy said.
Sabi panicked.

"She's starting to choke. Whatever's around her she figures is
choking her and she's biting in all directions," McCarthy said.

The tiger trainer said blood seeped through his jeans, but he refused
to stop production. He was briefly treated by paramedics on the scene
and the shoot continued.

"Won't be the first time I've been bit, won't be the last. I've been
bit by everything from venomous snakes to tigers and leopards and
monkeys and who knows what else," said the 52-year-old owner of
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, who has been handling wild animals
since he was 16.

But he said the $5,000 bonus he got for the video will barely make up
for the shows he missed.

Nelly is also in the video, but was not on set at the time.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/state/content/local_news/epaper/2008/05/1
3/0513tigerbite.html

Marc McCarthy Bitten By Tiger He Took to Miami

TRAINER ATTACKED BY TIGER ON ROSS' VIDEO SET

Movie & Entertainment News provided by World Entertainment News
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2008-05-09 17:44:10 -

An animal trainer on the U.S. set of rapper RICK ROSS' new video is
recovering in hospital, after he was savagely attacked by a tiger.

The big cat, which featured in the background of one of Ross' scenes
for the promo of his new single Here I Am, turned on the unnamed
trainer when he tried to coax the fierce creature out of its cage
during filming earlier this week (begs05May08).

The tiger's keeper suffered severe bite wounds to his right leg and
was rushed to hospital after the attack.

No one else on set was injured, reports HHNLive.com.

http://www.pr-inside.com/trainer-attacked-by-tiger-on-ross-r581399.htm

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Serval confiscated in Illinois

Illinois woman wants her exotic cat back


Associated Press - May 10, 2008 11:24 AM ET

CARROLLTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Central Illinois have seized an exotic cat from a woman who was keeping it as a pet without a permit.
Tammy Ruehl of Carrollton says she wants her African serval back. She says the cat, named Max, has been with her since it was a kitten.
Servals resemble small cheetahs with oversized ears. In Africa, they live mostly solitary, nocturnal lives on the, eating rodents, birds and reptiles.

They are about the size of a small dog. Ruehl says authorities took the animal on Tuesday, telling her they were sending it to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. She says she received a $75 fine.

Carrollton Police Chief Mike Kiger says the state had the right to confiscate the animal.

http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=8304430

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