Rare black rhino born in view of tourists at Chester Zoo

An endangered, rare black rhino was born in full view of tourists at the Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England on Saturday. Malindi delivered a bouncing, baby rhino in about 15 minutes after a 15-month pregnancy. Usually rhinos give birth at night, but this time Malindi introduced her amazing offspring to park visitors in the middle of the day.

According to the Chester Zoo, both mother and son are doing well. Within 15 minutes of his birth, the little guy – labeled by the zoo “as the most handsome baby rhino on the planet,” was up on his feet and nursing from his 12-year-old mom.

“With just 650 Eastern black rhino left in the wild, seeing the birth of a new calf and it’s very first step is a very rare and special event indeed,” stated Tim Rowlands, the curator of mammals at the zoo. “The new born was delivered onto soft wood mulch and within next to no time it was up on its feet and running around – it couldn’t have gone any smoother.”

It is hoped the calf’s birth will renew energies into saving this almost extinct species. Poachers have decimated the rhinos in pursuit of the animals’ horns which are sold on the black market because of their value to the Asian medicine market. No proof exists that the ground up horns offer any medicinal benefits.

The Chester breeding program now boasts 11 black rhinos born in the last 20 years and has high hopes of increasing the population in Europe. Malindi gave birth to another calf in 2013.

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Boy ignored warnings at zoo and killed pregnant meerkat who bit his finger

A 12-year-old boy ignored warnings about petting the animals at a Hungarian zoo when he stuck his arm through the fence and was bitten on the finger by a meerkat. Officials believed the pregnant meerkat had been trying to protect her young ones. The angry child grabbed the 18-month-old animal and slammed her and her unborn baby to the ground – killing both in an instant.

According to the Independent, the meerkat named Zara lived at the Kecskemeti Zoo and had been a favorite when she arrived a year-and-a-half ago. The curious little animal had stolen everyone’s heart including the the zoo’s director, Tamas Tokovics who described his sadness and concern about the child’s lack of respect on Facebook.

“There was a sad event today at the kecskemét Warren. I don’t know what’s going on with the tragedy, the lack of rules, and I can do anything for behavior, for being a -, I don’t know…The little one grew up, and we trusted that a new colony would be formed, because Zara’s belly was growing again this year.
Until today…..
Since we knew his behavior would change at this time, we put out separate warning signs so they wouldn’t touch the animal because he bites. Unfortunately, not everyone will take our orders, even if it’s for his own good. And unfortunately, it happened. In spite of multiple warnings, a boy reached in, and zara protected his current and future family in the hands of the child who, from pain or terror, slammed our little meerkat. Zara and her offspring were at the scene. They died immediately, and I couldn’t resuscitate her.
Whose fault it is??” [translation]

After the death of Zara and her unborn baby, emotions ran high on social media with some calling for the child to be severely punished. The child even received death threats, yet despite the outpouring of anger and sadness over Zara’s untimely death, Tokovics called for everyone to remain calm.

“Everyone, let’s not start looking for a scapegoat, because we can’t make the tragedy happen anymore, but let’s start with small steps to build a world where things like this can’t happen where we’re watching nature. To each other and the harmony between us. We at the Warren Warren are doing everything we can to make sure that people who visit us, regardless of their age, get rich with unforgettable experiences, if only for a little while. Please, we ask you to take care of this miracle so that many of you may experience the many uplifting experiences that you may meet in the kecskemét Warren.
Let’s remember Zara for our little meerkat.” [translation]

Tokovics hopes parents are encouraged to teach their children to respect each other and nature.

Rest in peace little Zara and your unborn baby.

(Photos via Facebook Kecskeméti Vadaskert)

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Tiger revenge: Zookeeper who boiled cats for wine mauled to death

In a Chinese park, the zookeeper who has been accused of boiling big cat bones to make wine was fatally mauled to death on Thursday by a tiger. The man, described as in his 50s, has not been named.

According to The South China Morning Post, the zookeeper had been cleaning the tiger’s cage when he was attacked. The accident occurred at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in the city of Guilin in southern China. There were no tourists present at the time.

The zoo has been under criticism after investigations beginning two years ago revealed the tigers had been living in substandard enclosures.  Many of the animals were emaciated. After the animals died, their bodies were moved to a factory where Chinese tiger bone wine was produced. Breeding tigers has been banned.

Tiger bone wine is thought by many in the country to improve sexual prowess. Their bones are boiled with rice wine to make the 38% proof liquor. The concoction is sold in expensive hotels and restaurants.

The zoo keeps over 1,100 different tiger species, 600 Asian black bears and at one time had been China’s largest breeding facility.

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Black rhino treated at Chicago zoo for nasal blockage using CT scanner

A black rhino named Layla, who lives at a Chicago zoo, underwent what is believed to be the first CT (computer tomography) ever performed on her species. The seven-and-a-half, 2,300 pound rhinoceros was being treated for a nasal blockage.

So how does one get a one ton Brookfield Zoo resident in a CT scanner? According to the zoo’s blog, Layla was too large to move inside of the zoo’s hospital where the CT equipment is located, so a scanner was brought to her. NeuroLogica, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics,  donated the use of its BodyTom®, the world’s first battery-powered, portable, 32-slice CT scanner, for the procedure.

It took more than 40 zoo staff members and technicians to move Layla and to set up and operate the machine.

“The CT scan provided diagnostic results that we could not have otherwise obtained,” said Dr. Michael Adkesson, vice president of clinical medicine for CZS, which manages Brookfield Zoo. “This procedure is an example of our commitment to providing the animals in our care with the most advanced medical treatment available. More importantly, though, the CT scan on Layla has provided us an unparalleled look inside of her skull. The images we obtained will guide our future treatment plan. We are extremely grateful to NeuroLogica and Sound Technologies for their support in this critical undertaking to help Layla.”

After being anesthetized and stabilized, Layla was slid onto a platform and a front-end loader moved her onto  a surgical table. Staff moved the table to the portable CT scanner set up in the Pachyderm House.

In December 2017, Layla had been experiencing difficulty breathing. An operation to clear her nasal passages had been performed, however the problem persisted.  Once the images were obtained on the CT scan, abnormal tissue associated with the root of one of Layla’s upper molars was found. The regrowth of this tissue has been causing the obstruction in her nasal passages and sinuses. Arrangements are being made to operate on the rhino and remove the last of the obstructions.

Layla was born at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri in 2010 and transferred to the Brookfield Zoo two years later as part of an approved breeding program. The species is considered endangered with approximately 5,000 still living in the wild. There are currently 59 living in North American zoos.

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Kangaroo in zoo died after tourists threw bricks to make it hop

A kangaroo at a zoo in South China has died after tourists threw bricks at the animal in its enclosure to make it hop. Another kangaroo was injured.

According to the South China Morning Post, a 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot after a visitor hit the marsupial with bricks and concrete rocks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo located in the Fujian Province. The kangaroo died a few days later; a veterinarian necropsy revealed the animal died of a ruptured kidney after being hit by the heavy objects.

And as if the death of the kangaroo wasn’t enough for zoo officials to change the venue to make it safer for animals, a few weeks later, a five-year-old kangaroo suffered similar injuries the same way. Visitors to the zoo have been known to provoke the kangaroos to watch the animals hop.

There have been no reports of any arrests, however the zoo stated they would look into installing security cameras to deter visitors in the future from harming the animals. Sadly China zoos have few regulations to protect animals.

(Photos screenshots via Strait Metropolitan Post and website Fuzhou Zoo)

Read a prior article about China zoo cruelty here.

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Exotic sloths rescued from Olympia home

In Olympia, Washington, sloths and other exotic animals were removed from a home on Saturday. An anonymous tip led authorities to the discovery of several South American tree sloths, an Asian monitor lizard and other reptiles and insects.

According to KiroNews7, the owners are licensed as a sloth rescue in Oregon. The species are not allowed to be owned or sold in Washington state without federal and state licenses. Courtney Mcless, spokesperson for the Thurston County Animal Services, stated she was concerned that the owners had been breeding the animals – one did have a baby and another one was pregnant. Tree sloths can be sold for $5,000 to $7,000 each.

The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center has a sloth sleepover program that allows up to 16 people to visit with the very slow moving creatures. For an admission fee of $600, you can get close and personal with the animals and sleep in a two-person tent for the night.

The animals are now at a private sanctuary as an investigation continues.

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Hundreds of animals perished in deadly mall fire that killed 64 people

Hundreds of animals, kept at a petting zoo inside of a mall in Kemerovo, Russia, perished when a deadly fire broke out over the weekend. At least 64 people died inside of the eastern Russian shopping center after the blaze started on Sunday – according to multiple sources, many of the victims are children.

According to CNBC News, the Winter Cherry Mall was packed with families who were enjoying the first weekend of vacation from school – witnesses have claimed that no fire alarms went off and the mall staff was nowhere to be found.

The animals kept at the petting zoo ranged from birds, rabbits and guinea pigs to miniature pigs, foxes, squirrels and more. Yevgeny Videman, the zoo’s director, told TASS that there was no way to save the hundreds of animals who were trapped inside:

“I think they have died choking with smoke. I was the last to leave the premises. There were no humans in. Smoke on the third flood was heavy, people were leaving in panic. I simply closed the door: there was no physical possibility to save the animals. As a veterinarian, I think the animals have choked with smoke. But no one is let inside the building of the shopping mall, it is cordoned off. There was and there is no possibility to evacuate the animals.”

The cause of the deadly blaze remains under investigation.

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Video of orangutan smoking cigarette in zoo outrageous

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a video of an orangutan smoking a cigarette in his Bandung Zoo’s enclosure, has caused a social media frenzy as animal advocates call the action outrageous. The video, shot on Sunday, shows a man flick his half-smoked cigarette into the primate’s enclosure and moments later, the orangutan picks it up and takes a few puffs. Onlookers laugh!

According to ADNews, the zoo has been infamous for past animal welfare violations. Marison Guciano, an animal activist stated on Wednesday the ape smoking a cigarette is more proof that there is a lack of supervision and education at the zoo.

“This orangutan at Bandung Zoo is given a cigarette by ignorant visitors. Visitors do not know how to deal with animals, but the lack of supervision by zoo management is equally lacking, and is one of the issues which must be addressed. Indonesia desperately needs animal welfare standards in its zoos,” Guciano wrote on his Facebook page.

Check out the video via Marison Guciano:

Guciano stated the young man who threw the cigarette into the ape’s enclosure is guilty of a crime, but more fault was on the zoo. The Bandung Zoo has previously been cited for starving and sick animals in their care. In 2016, a Sumatran elephant died; necropsy reports indicated the animal had bruises all over his body. Last year, starving sun bears were being fed by tourists as they begged for scraps of food.

In video footage, recorded by the advocacy group, Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, several gaunt bears at the zoo located in the Indonesian city of Bandung, stirred tremendous outrage throughout social media. Notably bears do not beg for food; one of the videos showed a heartbreaking scene of an obviously starving bear rushing over as visitors threw bits of fruit down to the animal. One of the bears was so desperate for food, he was seen on video defecating and then eating his own feces.

When questioned, zoo spokespersons stated there are signs posted all over the zoo not to feed the animals or give them cigarettes and regretted the incident occurred. The man who threw the cigarette has been reported to the police.

A petition to close the zoo can be found here.

(Photos and video from Marison Guciano Facebook)

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Adorable: Mother bonobo plays ‘airplane’ with her baby

When it’s playtime at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, we humans are reminded how family values, love  and even playtime are just as important to animals as to all of us. And when we capture a few precious moments in time of the bonobo, a pygmy chimp, playing with her baby, what’s a human to do except react with an “awwwwww” and a smile?

The bonobo, who is slightly smaller than a chimpanzee, shares more than 98 percent of its DNA with humans and is our closest living relative according to the post on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens Facebook page. Like humans, the highly intelligent bonobos live in family groups.

How many of us remember playing “airplane” with our children? And oh my, do our children just grow up so quickly?

This writer certainly remembers playing the same adorable games – those precious memories frozen in time – even just for a moment or two.

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Shocking dog attacks leave miniature horses and donkey dead

Two shocking dog attacks, which happened this month at a popular zoo in San Jose, California, resulted in the death of four miniature horses and a donkey. According to the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the first attack happened at night, when the zoo was closed – three dogs, identified as Malinois mixes and a terrier, were involved.

On January 20, after the deadly attack, the zoo stated:

I am sad to report the loss of four miniature horses and a Sicilian donkey. While we feel an immense amount of grief and sorrow, the park remains open to the public as there is no public safety risk.

HHPZ has taken immediate measures to enhance security of the perimeter fence and surveillance, and the City of San Jose’s Animal Care & Services division is conducting a complete investigation. The unfortunate incident involved dogs which breached a secured perimeter after operating hours.

ABC 7 News reported that the first victim in the dog attack was a miniature stallion named Sweet William.  San Jose Parks and Recreation Director Angel Rios Jr. described the nature of the dogs involved in the attack, “These dogs appeared to be on a mission, What’s disturbing about this is it appeared they were looking for food.”

Less than a week later, the same dogs returned, dug under a steel fence at the zoo, and killed three miniature horses and a donkey. The first attack resulted in the animals being moved to a “safer compound” with a tall fence, but the determined dogs managed to dig underneath.

Dog attacks leave zoo animals dead

The dogs involved in the fatal attacks have been identified and captured – officials are working to identify their owners before proceeding with euthanizing the dogs. The terrier, who does not appear to be directly involved in the killing of the zoo animals, has not been caught yet.

On Tuesday, the HHPZ released information about the animals who were killed:

We are still grieving the loss of our miniature horses and Sicilian donkey. It is never easy to say goodbye to beloved animals, and it is especially difficult knowing these animals were adored and enjoyed by so many of our staff, members, and community.

Maybelline the donkey was born at Happy Hollow in 1987 and was named for her delightful long eyelashes. Luna was born at the Zoo in 1994, Spice Girl came to us in 2001, and Sweet William came to us in 2002. Cayenne was born here in 2007, and was sired by Sweet William. She lived up to her name with her spicy personality. They will all be deeply missed.

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