Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tiger that killed owner taken to undisclosed site

Tiger that killed owner taken to undisclosed site

Updated: Fri Feb. 12 2010 12:23:35
The Canadian Press

SOUTHWOLD, Ont. — Provincial police say a Siberian tiger which killed its owner last month has been transported unharmed to an undisclosed location.

The 300-kilogram tiger fatally mauled 66-year-old Norman Buwalda on Jan. 13 at his exotic animal sanctuary in Southwold Township.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals expressed concern Thursday that the tiger was no longer on the property and didn't know where it was.

The OSPCA went to the farm last week in response to a complaint about the well-being of animals on the property.

Southwold Mayor Jim McIntyre also said he didn't know what become of the tiger, adding he was concerned for public safety.

Provincial police in Elgin County said today the tiger and two lions were safely taken away on Jan. 27 to an undisclosed location and that there are no exotic animals remaining on the property.

Mystery surrounds missing killer tiger

Mystery surrounds missing killer tiger

No sign of cat that fatally mauled owner, animal group reports

Published On Fri Feb 12 2010
Carmen Chai Staff Reporter

A Siberian tiger that killed its 66-year-old owner last month has disappeared from its Southwold township home.

That's causing public safety concerns in the community, said the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

OSPCA officials went to the farm last week where the tiger was kept after the organization received a complaint about the well-being of animals on the property, said spokesperson Alison Cross.

She couldn't elaborate on what the cruelty complaint was, but when investigators arrived, the animals, including the tiger, were missing.

The OSPCA does not know where the tiger is and Cross said there were other animals absent from the property.

"We're just like everybody else here. We don't know and we can't speculate where they would be," she said.

Cross added it's "too early to place judgment on what's going to happen" and that officials have tried to get in touch with the owners of the property.

The killer tiger's disappearance has concerned the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

"I am worried about this and the public should be worried, too," said society spokesperson Michelle Cliffe, who added more big cats have disappeared from the farm.

"If you look at past footage, you can see there was more than one tiger there. We even heard reports of cougars and lions there from neighbours."

Both organizations are concerned for the well-being of the animals because they could be in poor condition with people who do not know how to care for them.

They do not know who, if anyone, has been taking care of the animals since their owner Norman Buwalda was mauled to death by the 650-pound tiger Jan. 13 as he was feeding the cat.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Orang Asli fights off tiger with rock

Orang Asli fights off tiger with rock

By Sylvia Looi
Sunday February 7, 2010

IPOH: Orang Asli Yok Meneh has been foraging in the forest for years bringing home petai and other vegetation. Yesterday, the usual uneventful trek became a harrowing one for the Semai when a tiger pounced on him.

But the 47-year-old is not one to be easily done in. He summoned up courage and fought the animal with his hands and a rock. And the human won. The animal slunk away.

The attack left Yok Meneh with a gaping wound measuring 15.2cm (6in) long and 10cm (4in) deep on his back. He also suffered injuries to his hands and legs from fighting back.

“In all my years of going into the forest to collect produce, this is the first time I have been attacked by a tiger,” said Yok Meneh,from his bed at the Teluk Intan Hospital.

He was in the forest near his house at Kampung Ras in Sungkai, about 80km from here, when the incident happened.

“I was so engrossed in collecting petai that I did not notice the tiger had crept up behind me,” he said, adding that the tiger was silent until it had pounced on him and pinned him down.

“And then it started growling and growling. I shouted for help before it sunk in that I was all alone and no one could save me.

“The moment I realised I had to save myself I tried to grab anything I could with my hands.

“I found a rock, grabbed it and fought back, hitting the tiger on its head again and again until it slunk away.”

The feisty orang asli then dragged himself about 1.6km out of the forest to his home.

When his wife saw him bedraggled and bleeding, she sought the help of a worker from a nearby oil palm estate to take him to a clinic.

However, because of the severity of his injuries, Yok Meneh was transferred to the Teluk Intan Hospital for treatment.

Asked whether the attack would deter him from going back into the forest, Yok Meneh said he had no choice but to continue as his family’s survival depended on the produce he collected.

Friday, February 05, 2010

3 Cheetahs Swim Moat, Briefly Escape in N. Zealand

Published: February 4, 2010

Filed at 9:32 p.m. ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Three cheetahs swam a moat and crawled through a hole in a rusty fence to escape their enclosure and then briefly roamed inside a wildlife park in New Zealand.

Orana Wildlife Park rushed visitors to a secure area while rangers rounded up the big cats Thursday, park chief executive Lynn Anderson said Friday.

''Our cheetahs, just like a domestic house cat, they all hate swimming, so if you had asked me yesterday would any of our cheetahs swim I would have said no,'' Anderson told National Radio. ''They proved us quite wrong.''

The cats, three youngsters who had been bred at the park, crawled through a fence hole that was exposed recently when greenery was cut back, she said. The breakout at the park near Christchurch lasted about a half hour.

The whole fence around the cheetahs' enclosure will be replaced, Anderson said.

Lucy Tame, a 25-year-old park visitor, said she and her mother took photographs as the three cats made their escape shortly after midday.

''We saw them sitting in their enclosure and they decided to go for a bit of a swim, one, two, three,'' she said. After climbing through the hole in the fence, the cats ran in front of a park shuttle bus, causing the driver to jam on his brakes, she said.


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