Posts Tagged ‘Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’

15 monkeys stage daring escape from monkey island in Florida

April 25, 2008

Wildlife officials say 15 monkeys are on the loose after escaping a facility in Lakeland, Fla.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse says the monkeys apparently escaped their island home by swimming across a pond — something they’re not supposed to be able to do.

Morse says several teams are out looking for the social but docile Patas monkeys, and that they are no threat to humans.

The 11 adults and four juveniles are the personal pets of Lex Salisbury, the chief executive officer of Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

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Woman killed as stingray leaps into boat

March 20, 2008

A woman sunbathing on a boat has died after a stingray leaped from the water, hitting her in the face and knocking her to the deck.

The incident, which happened in the Florida Keys, involved a 75lb spotted eagle ray and was described by wildlife experts as a freak accident.

Judy Zagorski, 57, of Pigeon, Michigan, was relaxing in the bow of a small fishing pleasure boat going 25 nautical mph when the ray leaped out of the water.

The impact is likely to have killed the woman but it was not immediately clear whether she was also stung by the venomous barb on the ray’s tail, said officials.

The boat was being driven by the victim’s father on the Atlantic Ocean side of Vaca Key when the creature, which had a wingspan of five to six feet, came out of the sea..

“He had absolutely no warning. It just happened instantaneously,” said Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The woman was taken to the Mariner Hospital in Tavernier, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy will determine an official cause of death.

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