Posts Tagged ‘Foxes’

Animals become prey at Egypt’s Giza Zoo

June 9, 2008

In most zoos, employees feed and care for the animals. At Egypt’s Giza Zoo, police say, workers have been turning them into dinner or selling them as pets.

When two Moroccan camels were butchered in August, the perpetrators left behind only the hide and hooves. A police investigation found that a zookeeper had slaughtered the animals and sold the meat to supplement his monthly wage.

More than 400 animals, including foxes, zebras, a black panther and a giraffe, have vanished from the government-run menagerie in the last three years, according to police documents. Zoo conditions have grabbed headlines in a country where people criticize President Hosni Mubarak for everything from crumbling schools and hospitals to the low wages and rising food prices that have sparked violent protests.

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Pets shouldn’t roam where coyotes do

May 19, 2008

Our 5-year-old cat, Sully, had survived two years in the near-wilds of Montana, where mountain lions also roam, but he couldn’t make it six months in the northwest Denver suburbs. This fat feline disappeared one night in early December, and we knew he was a goner.

Two weeks after his disappearance, we learned that a neighbor had seen three coyotes supping on our Sully one snowy evening. So fat that people always asked if he was pregnant, Sully didn’t have a chance against three lean, ravenous coyotes.

Sadly, family pets frequently disappear from back yards. It’s not just coyotes stalking them: Foxes, mountain lions, wolves, bears, hawks and alligators also make a dent in the pet population. But few predators are as ubiquitous as the coyote. And hawks and foxes can’t carry off a 30-pound dog.

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New York bans grisly electrocution of animals for fur

April 30, 2008

New York has become the first state in the nation to ban the electrocution of animals in a particularly gruesome way to harvest their fur.

The law bans the practice of anal and genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals, including mink, foxes, chinchillas and rabbits. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

National animal rights advocates on Wednesday said they hope it will force similar measures in other states.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to use the law to push other states to ban similar practices on farms, which are often hidden in rural areas where animals are born and bred unsheltered in cages.

“Anal electrocution is common practice in fur farms across the world,” said Melissa Karpel of the Norfolk, Va.-based PETA. “A lot of these methods aren’t effective and these animals will wake up while they are being skinned.”

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Wild Animals Flee Into Neighborhoods

April 24, 2008

With rising water levels, the Louisiana SPCA said normally quiet neighborhoods might start seeing displaced animals in their back yards. And neighbors said they’re already seeing more wild animals.

Some neighbors have reported seeing birds of prey and red foxes. Residents in the Algiers Point neighborhood have reported multiple wild animal sightings. The Louisiana SPCA said it’s to be expected due to the rising water levels of the river, forcing animals from their natural habitats. Meanwhile, neighbors said they’re worried that snakes and other animals that can hurt companion animals.

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The look that says ‘I’ve just eaten all your chickens’

April 3, 2008

Opening her chicken coop one morning, Terri Strick hoped to find some fresh eggs from her hens.

Instead all she found was one – very full – fox, as well as an assortment of blood-stained feathers.

The creature, which she has nicknamed Basil, had already killed six of her chickens the week before. He returned two weeks ago to finish off the feast, but found that his eyes were bigger than his belly.

The extra portion of poultry was clearly too much for him, and he brazenly decided to stay in the warm, if slightly gory, hen house to sleep off the effects of his over-indulgence.

Mrs Strick, of St Levan in west Cornwall, said that she had been hoping to collect some eggs for her breakfast when she opened the coop. “All that was there was a lot of feathers and a very contented fox,” she said.

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Visiting the zoo’s geriatric ward

March 30, 2008

They are a group of senior citizens unlike any you’re likely to find at a typical retirement home. But that’s because their retirement community is at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.

First, there’s May, a fennec fox who is losing her hair at the ripe old age of 11. Virginia, an 18-year-old grey seal, is going blind from glaucoma. And Marta, the black leopard, is battling severe arthritis at her advanced age of 18 years.

“Animals are very similar to humans,” said Robin Barbiers, vice president of the zoo. “As they age, the animals face the same conditions that humans do.”

Animals often live much longer in captivity than they do in the wild, which means zoos increasingly deal with geriatric animals who need the kind of care that is often associated with geriatric humans.

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Roadside zoo loses jaguar in latest blow

February 15, 2008

Gone are the tigers at Guha’s Tiger & Lion Farm, a modest roadside zoo near Bracebridge in Ontario’s Muskoka region; they’ve all been shipped off for breeding. Also gone is the wolf that shared a cage with a tiger, sleeping in a refrigerator.

And now Bhino the black jaguar is gone as well, felled by an OPP bullet Tuesday after the animal escaped from its cage and began savaging the zoo owner’s chained-up dog Blue, an Australian shepherd.

Blue, too, had to be shot, so severe were the dog’s injuries. All of which has left proprietor Nanda Guha in great distress.

The dozens of roadside zoos that dot Ontario’s rural highways and remain largely unregulated if they host non-Canadian wildlife have long been a sore point with animal-rights activists.

Mr. Guha, however, blames scavenging foxes for the loss of his beloved Bhino, who in happier times used to play with Blue and for years lived in Mr. Guha’s house. “I was feeding him some raw meat and the foxes later swarmed on his cage and he must have been really upset with those foxes,” he recounted. “Some of the food must have dropped out of my hand and a bunch of foxes came to eat that, and he must have been terribly upset about that because he made a little hole in the fence.”

When the Ontario Provincial Police were summoned, “I wanted to stun him and put him in another cage, but there was no taser or tranquillizer gun. So the only choice we had was to shoot him, for the safety of the neighbours.

“This didn’t happen because of anybody’s fault, it happened because of the fault of nature. If those foxes hadn’t been there, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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I feel sorry for the animals. I also feel sorry for Mr. Guha, losing all his animals. It seems like he liked them.