Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say

Incident date: 
Mar, 10/07/2014
Ciudad: 
Saint Paul
State: 
Minnesota
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Human Injury
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Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say
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Man scratched by cougar at Como Zoo, police say

By Mara H. Gottfried
mgottfried@pioneerpress.com

Posted:   10/11/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT

When a 23-year-old man climbed a guardrail at St. Paul's Como Zoo and apparently was clawed by a cougar, a park employee asked him why he'd done it.

"Everybody gets the urge to do something," the man replied, according to a police report.

St. Paul police said Brian Casey Phillips of Minneapolis suffered a scratch and didn't need medical attention Thursday. He was cited for disturbing zoo animals.

Police identified Phillips by a Hennepin County Jail bracelet that he was wearing, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman.

About nine hours earlier, he had been released from jail, where he had been held since Tuesday after being somewhere else he wasn't supposed to be -- walking on light-rail tracks in a tunnel at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport.

Cases like Thursday's at the St. Paul zoo are unusual, said Matt Reinartz, a Como Zoo and Conservatory spokesman.

"Unfortunately, we do hear the rare occasion that a guest feels the need to penetrate a space that is not intended for their use, and the industry has learned that no matter what height a barrier is created, these perpetrators will find a way to breach it," Reinartz said in an email.

"Safety for our visitors and the animals is our number one priority. People will go to great lengths to make poor decisions, and when poor decisions are made, it puts both individuals and the animals at risk."

Police were sent to the zoo about 3:45 p.m.

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An officer was told a man climbed the fence near the cougar exhibit and came out a minute later with bloody hands, Paulos said.

No zoo staff saw what happened. Near the exhibit is a 3 1/2-foot guardrail, which the man allegedly climbed up and onto, Reinartz said. He didn't go over the tall mesh barriers on the other side, he said.

At least 10 signs in the area of the cougar exhibit say, "Dangerous area, stay behind guardrail," "Thank you for not climbing," and "Warning: Stay back, stay safe," according to the zoo spokesman.

The man yelled at the cougars and pushed on a mesh barrier, Reinartz said. Zoo staff who saw the man after the incident said he was wearing headphones and listening to loud music, he said. Workers had to tap him on his shoulder to get his attention.

"He denied leaping onto the railing and reached through the mesh barriers," Reinartz said. "When asked about the (superficial) scratch on his hand, he said he suffered that exiting the bus."

Phillips couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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Twin Cities, Pioneer Press
Author: 
Mara H. Gottfried

Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall

Incident date: 
Sáb, 10/11/2014
Date Published: 
Sáb, 10/11/2014 (Todo el día)
Ciudad: 
Little Rock
State: 
Arkansas
Category: 
Human Injury
Nombre: 
Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
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Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
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Boy, 3, Mauled By Jaguars After Zoo Fall
Sky News
10/11/2014

A toddler who was mauled by two jaguars after falling into their enclosure at a zoo in Arkansas is in a critical condition.

The three-year-old boy was seized at the neck by one of the jaguars and at the foot by the second cat after he fell 5ft into the enclosure at Little Rock Zoo, his father and grandfather, who were with him at the time, told police.

The boy suffered "extensive scalp lacerations, a depressed skull fracture and several puncture wounds", the police report quoted a doctor as saying.

His wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, the police report said.

The boy's father and grandfather said they threw a camera bag and an empty water hose spool at the animals, causing them to drop the child, according to the police report.

When zoo staff arrived at the scene they used fire extinguishers to keep the jaguars at bay until the rescue was completed.

Authorities said they were trying to establish how the child fell into the open-air exhibit, one of the state's most popular attractions.

The area has been closed to the public pending further review of the incident, a zoo spokeswoman said.

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Sky News

Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta

Incident date: 
Mar, 12/02/2014
Date Published: 
Mar, 12/02/2014 (Todo el día)
Ciudad: 
Atlanta
State: 
Georgia
Category: 
Human Injury
Nombre: 
Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta
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Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta
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Pet Siberian lynx attacks woman in Atlanta

By - Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A pet Siberian lynx attacked a woman who was feeding it in an affluent Atlanta neighborhood Tuesday, landing her in the hospital with injuries to her head, police said.

The owners of the animal were out of town and made arrangements with the woman to care for their exotic pet, police said. The lynx was returned to its cage and local animal control officials were notified, said Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon.

Another woman called police to say her friend had been attacked by the large cat, which can weigh up to 90 pounds.

When officers arrived in Buckhead, north of downtown, the woman was bleeding heavily from her head. Details of her condition weren't immediately available.

The animal's owner has a Georgia Department of Natural Resources wild animal breeding license and is in compliance with state law, according to Mark McKinnon from the agency's law enforcement division.

The name of cat's owner hasn't been released. The owner has two serval cats, two caracal cats, one Canadian lynx, and four Siberian lynx, McKinnon said in an emailed statement.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/2/woman-attacked-by-neighbors-pet-lynx-in-atlanta/

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The Washington Times
Author: 
Associated Press

Belgien fordert EU-weites Verbot von Elfenbein-Exporten

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Lun, 03/09/2015
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Belgien fordert EU-weites Verbot von Elfenbein-Exporten
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Belgien fordert EU-weites Verbot von Elfenbein-Exporten

Die belgische Umweltministerin Marie Christine Marghem fordert ein EU-weites Verbot für den Export von Elfenbein. Sie reagiert damit auf Äußerungen eines französischen Auktionshauses, denen zufolge das kürzlich in Frankreich eingeführte Exportverbot leicht umgangen werden kann, indem man das Elfenbein über Belgien nach China schickt.

Press Location: 
Hamburg
Contacto de prensa
Contacto de prensa: 
Dörte von der Reith
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040-86650033
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0160-90486493
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VIDEO: A personal account of animal disaster work in Malawi

Mié, 03/11/2015

My name is Peter Howson and I am an aquaculture consultant from the UK. Since November 2014, I have been in Malawi working with IFAW on two animal welfare projects.

I was initially invited to contribute to the sustainability of the IFAW fish farm project based in Liwonde National Park. The project was established to deter poaching fish from the Shire River, whilst also providing local people with a more sustainable livelihood choice.

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Watch: Chinese children recite “Lament of an Elephant Calf”

Mar, 03/10/2015

There were many moving moments at the gala to launch IFAW’s campaign “Give Peace to Elephants, Say No to Ivory” last November in Beijing.

One emotional moment in particular that touched me, was the recital of a poem by 9-year old Chinese girls Peng Minghui and Miao Yixin, called “Lament of An Elephant Calf”.

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La Belgique réclame une interdiction européenne d’exportation de l’ivoire

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Lun, 03/09/2015
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La Belgique réclame une interdiction européenne d’exportation de l’ivoire

Marie Christine Marghem, Ministre belge de l'énergie, de l'environnement et du développement durable a appelé l’UE à interdire l’exportation d’ivoire dans tous ses Etats membres.

Press Location: 
Bruxelles, Belgique
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Contacto de prensa: 
Adrian Hiel, IFAW
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+32 (0) 473 86 34 61
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Belgium Calls for EU Ban on Exporting Ivory

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Lun, 03/09/2015
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Belgium Calls for EU Ban on Exporting Ivory

Marie Christine Marghem, Belgian Minister for Energy, the Environment and Sustainable Development has called for EU action to ban the export of ivory from all EU member states. The bold call comes as an auction house in France has suggested that buyers can circumvent the domestic ban on raw ivory exports by sending ivory to China through Belgium.

Press Location: 
Brussels, Belgium
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Contacto de prensa: 
Adrian Hiel, IFAW EU
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+32 2 282 06 93
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+32 473 86 34 61
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Dogs in sheep’s clothing

Mié, 02/18/2015

The pickup truck is making its way over a bumpy meadow towards the sheep enclosure. Three large livestock guardian dogs - that look very much like sheep themselves – have already seen us and are watching us attentively from behind the fence. They know the vehicle and they know their shepherd, that’s why they are not raising the alarm. As we get out and walk towards the herd, they wag their tails and stay relaxed.

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