Posts Tagged ‘Tigers’

China to probe reports on tiger bone wine

June 18, 2008

Chinese authorities has ordered a probe into reported sale of tiger bone wine in Beijing and northern China and vowed to punish anyone trading in endangered animals or their products.

The action followed a report in Britains’ The Sunday Telegraph that undercover investigators had been offered the chance to buy wine made from the crushed bones of tigers at Qinhuangdao wildlife rescue centre in Hebei province and Badlan safari park in Beijing, state media said.

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Siegfried and Roy welcome new tiger cubs to Vegas habitat

June 13, 2008

Siegfried and Roy might want to move the good furniture into storage for a while.

The famed illusionists welcomed five new tiger cubs to their exotic habitat on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, a move Siegfried Fischbacher said would be therapeutic for Roy Horn, who was critically injured when he was mauled by a 380-pound white Bengal tiger onstage in 2003.

“That gives him a reason to get up in the morning,” Fischbacher said.

Horn did not answer questions from reporters but played with the small tigers, holding them for the cameras, kissing them and nibbling on one’s small ear. The playful, 15-pound, 6-week old cubs were brought to Las Vegas three weeks ago to be part of the longtime duo’s animal breeding program.

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Are Exotic Pets A Dangerous Problem In The Miami Valley?

May 3, 2008

A giant alligator sits motionless by a pool of calm water, a cougar licks his paws under the sun of a warm April day, and two grown tigers pace inside a fenced-in enclosure.

All four animals share a common history.They were all owned as pets by different Miami Valley residents and have been rescued by Preble County’s Heaven’s Corner Zoo.Throughout the years, workers at Heaven’s Corner, in West Alexandria, have taken in exotic pets that have either become too big or have gotten loose from their residential owners.

“If you have the experience and the compound to take care of an animal like that, I see no problem with it,” said zoo volunteer Scott Trochelman. “But to have one in an apartment in Dayton? No. These animals are killers in the wild and in captivity.

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Many Captive Tigers Are Of Purebred Ancestry; Finding Raises Their Conservation Value

April 22, 2008

Tigers held in captivity around the world–including those in zoos, circuses, and private homes–may hold considerable conservation value for the rapidly dwindling wild populations around the world, according to a new report published online on April 17th in Current Biology. Using a new method for assessing the genetic ancestry of tigers, researchers discovered that many apparently “generic” tigers actually represent purebred subspecies and harbor genomic diversity no longer found in nature.

” Assessment of ‘verified subspecies ancestry’ (VSA) offers a powerful tool that, if applied to tigers of uncertain background, may considerably increase the number of purebred tigers suitable for conservation management,” said Shu-Jin Luo, of the National Cancer Institute, Frederick. “This approach would be of particular importance to tiger subspecies that have suffered severe population decline in the wild and/or lack of efficient captive breeding.”

For instance, he said, the Indochinese tiger has been classified as a different subspecies from the Malayan tiger, leaving just 14 recognized Indochinese individuals in captivity. “Thus,” Luo added, “verification of VSA Indochinese tigers, establishment of captive breeding programs, and preservation of remaining Indochinese tiger populations in the wild should be set as one of the top priorities in the global tiger conservation strategy.”

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When little things that rule world are lost

April 14, 2008

There are 6.5 billion people in the world today, three times as many as 50 years ago. There are undoubtedly three billion fewer insects, the forgotten creatures that maintain the fabric of life.

These include bees, butterflies, moths and all flying mites and invertebrates and sea creatures that inhabit earth and slime. Not many people, excepting scientists who watch and count, pay much attention.

Almost everybody is aware of the travails of the major star species such as polar bears, pandas and tigers. We are reminded on a daily basis of their endangerment. There was a scare about bees last year but honey is still in the supermarkets so the bee colony collapse is more or less old news.

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Mystery of the missing zoo animals still unsolved

March 28, 2008

The Berlin zoo is under pressure to explain the fate of hundreds of animals which have vanished amid claims they were slaughtered and in some cases turned into potency-boosting drugs.

Claudia Hammerling, a Green party politician, backed by several animal rights organisations, alleges the zoo’s director, Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, sold the animals.

She claims to have evidence that four Asian black bears and a hippopotamus were transported to the Belgian town of Wortel, which has no zoo, but which does have an abattoir.

According to Ms Hammerling these animals were slaughtered. She said the systematic “overproduction of animals” at zoos, designed to attract more visitors, was to blame.

Ms Hammerling said she also knew of several tigers and leopards from Berlin that ended up in a tiger breeding farm in China that promoted itself as a purveyor of traditional potency-boosting medicines made from big cats. She alleges the animals’ remains were turned into drugs.

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San Francisco Zoo Tiger’s Litter is Actually 3

March 17, 2008

Veterinarians say the three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the San Francisco Zoo this month are doing fine.

The three male cubs, born March 6, were found to weigh from 4.2 pounds to 4.8 pounds when examined by the veterinarians Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle said. Sumatran cubs have a 30 percent to 40 percent mortality rate.

Leanne, the cubs’ 230-pound, first-time mother, is doing an “excellent” job at taking care of them, Jacqueline Jencek, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, told the newspaper.

Zoo staff had left the new family alone for the first several days after the births and at first only confirmed one cub was born. The other two were discovered when Leanne got out of her nest box for a drink of water, the Chronicle reported.Click here for the full article.

New Delhi gets quarantine facility for wild animals

March 7, 2008

Leopards, jackals, snakes and other wild animals straying into human habitations in states neighbouring the capital will now be kept at a special quarantine facility being constructed in the Delhi Zoo.

The quarantine, being set up adjacent to the wildlife hospital in the zoo, will cater to rescued and displaced wild animals, an official said.

The facility will also be used for animals that need to be kept in isolation, including animals brought from foreign countries, or other Indian zoos, and as a transit point for rescued and displaced wild animals.

Wild animals rescued by forest officials from neighbouring areas will be housed here for relief and medical aid.

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Teens arrested for shooting at zoo animals

March 3, 2008

Two South Jersey teenagers will be in court on Tuesday accused of targeting animals at a local zoo with a pellet gun.

Ganesha, an 11-year-old white tiger, and Holly, a 12-year-old Asiatic bear, reside at the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton.

Two teenaged boys allegedly shot at the animals using a pellet gun.

“Juveniles are known for bad judgment, but this goes beyond bad judgment when you are actually tormenting animals,” said Bev Greco of the Cumberland County SPCA.

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Names and Petitions

February 23, 2008


I found another email from PETA in my mailbox today. I think they might be a little bit confused though. They address me as Naresh, and while I do think Naresh is a very nice and interesting name, I have never used it as my own moniker in any shape, form, or fashion. Also, PETA thinks I signed a petition to stop circus cruelty. I don’t THINK I signed the petition; I know I didn’t intend to do so. I just tried to let you guys know that you could sign the petition if you wanted.

Now, before you start thinking, “Oh Kitty Mowmow, aren’t you being a hypocrite? You want everybody else to sign a petition, but you didn’t sign it yourself!” Well I think my personal decision to never sign petitions (for my own idiosyncratic reasons, I prefer making statements in other ways) should not deter me from letting you know that the option to sign a petition is available to you. How can I fulfill my role as an objective purveyor of animal-related information if I neglect to tell you about petitions? What a sad state of affairs that would be!

Anyway, this email, while it is addressed to someone other than myself, contains more information in which you may have an interest. Let me know what you think about it.
-Kitty Mowmow

Hi Naresh,

Thank you so much for signing the petition to stop circus

You can help stop the suffering of elephants, tigers, and other
animals abused in the name of “entertainment” by supporting
PETA’s vital work.

Here are some more ways that you can help animals.

1. Please take a moment to sign up for our Activist Network. It
is the best way to keep in touch with PETA about our campaigns,
events in your area, and animal rights issues across the world.

2. Follow our “Steps to Take When the Circus Comes to Town.”
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3. Visit for posters, leaflets, and stickers.
If you need some help organizing, contact PETA’s Campaign
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4. Sponsor an ad, billboard, or radio or TV Public Service
Announcement (PSA) in your local newspaper.

5. Start a campaign to end circus and other acts that exploit
animals in your community. Here is a list of local bans on
animal acts from across the United States.

Thanks for helping animals,

Ingrid Newkirk

Big cats return to public view in renovated San Francisco Zoo grottoes

February 22, 2008

It was back to normal Thursday morning outside the big-cat grotto at the San Francisco Zoo, where parents and children greeted their old friends for the first time since a Christmas Day tiger attack left a San Jose teenager dead…The big cats had been kept inside since Tatiana the tiger somehow escaped and attacked the teen and two of his friends.

Fans of Tony the tiger, Tatiana’s former companion, Kimani the lion and all the others had counted the days until they could visit them in their outdoor playgrounds again. A heavy downpour for much of the day kept the number of visitors to a few at a time – there were 220 throughout the day. Many seemed to approve of the changes.

“I never felt myself or my kids were in danger,” Drivon said. “I always felt safe here, but I think what they’ve done is great. More zoos should take the precautions.”

It is still unknown how Tatiana got out of one of the grottoes before police shot her dead. Two days after the Christmas attack, the zoo announced the front wall around Tatiana’s enclosure was 4 feet lower than industry standards. Attorneys for Carlos Sousa Jr.,
who was killed in the attack, and brothers Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal, who were injured, blame the zoo; the zoo contends the three friends provoked the tiger. Police suspended their investigation without any charges, and no lawsuits have been filed. To prevent an escape of a big cat in the future, the zoo extended the concrete moat walls of the grottoes 4 feet to meet the national guidelines of 16 feet, 4 inches. A glass wall and fencing was placed on top of that to extend the barriers to 19 feet, and hot wires run along the moat wall.

“That will make sure they don’t even think about getting out,” said Bob Jenkins, director of animal care and conservation at the zoo.

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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.

Endangered species photo fuels ‘Tigergate’: Allegations of faked tiger picture stir emotions over decline of China’s wildlife

January 20, 2008


For conservationists, the news was exceptional. Chinese officials announced last fall that at least one South China tiger, a species not seen in the wild for more than 20 years, still roamed the country’s forests.But almost as soon as the forestry department of China’s central Shaanxi province released photographs of the animal, the story began to unravel.

People posting to Internet chat rooms pointed out that the tiger looked identical to one in a popular Chinese New Year poster and could have been digitally added to the photographs. Journalists argued that a tiger was unlikely to sit still for 20 minutes, the time the local government says that a farmer took to shoot 40 digital images of the animal.

A panel of prominent zoologists, photographers and criminal detectives convened by a Chinese Web site analyzed the images and declared them fake. Among other clues, they pointed out that the tiger holds the same posture in every photo, grass around its feet is undisturbed and its eyes reflect no light.

Instead of offering hope that China is improving conservation efforts, the incident — dubbed “Tigergate” by China’s media — has highlighted how economic development often trumps environmental protection.

China’s pollution, population growth and development have had “a huge impact on wildlife,” said Hu Huijian, a professor at the South China Institute of Endangered Animals in Guangzhou. “There’s not much true wilderness left.”

In China, 83 species of mammals, 86 bird species and 60 kinds of fish are on the verge of extinction, according to the World Conservation Union, a network of hundreds of government and nonprofit groups.

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First episode of the semester!

January 15, 2008


2008’s first episode of Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo aired on 90.7 The Capstone, WVUA-FM in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past Sunday.  I think it went rather well (I had fun, anyway), but it didn’t quite go as I expected. I spent a lot of time researching and preparing for the show – it was supposed to be about tigers – and spent several hours on Sunday solidifying an awesome tiger-filled playlist.  Sadly, my tiger show was not to be – even though I checked to make sure I had all my equipment with me before I left my apartment for the radio station, I somehow managed to leave the power chord to my computer at home – leaving me digital-music-library-less, and therefore, animal-esque-playlist-less.

I wasn’t about to cancel the first episode of the year, so with just a few minutes left before the show was supposed to start I quickly searched for animal music on our station’s computer system.  Then, abandoning my carefully researched tiger data, I Googled “animals” and “endangered species” to find some articles about animals to discuss over the air.  Then I rolled up my sleeves and proceeded with the show extemporaneously.

I might post MP3’s of the show later, and let you decide how good the show was.  Maybe it wasn’t my most professional broadcast, but it was one of the most fun.  Special thanks to Michael for calling me during the show, and to Reid for clarifying the names of one of the artists!

And now, the playlist:

Moving Units – Birds of Prey
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
AFI – Rabbits are Roadkill
Trolleyvoxx – Rabbit in the Sun
Rogue Wave – Bird on a Wire
The Beta Band – Dog’s Got a Bone
Live – Rattlesnake
David Kilgour – Dogs Barking
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Caterwaul
Beastie Boys – The Rat Cage
Pantera – Cat Scratch Fever
Big Blue Marble – Cat out the Bag
ZibraZibra – Cat and Mouse

White Tigers, revealed

January 12, 2008

 Poor tiger. 😦


Consider this: Only 1 in 4 tiger cubs from a white tiger bred to an orange tiger carrying the white gene are born white, and 80% of those die from birth defects associated with the inbreeding necessary to cause a white coat. Of those surviving, most have such profound birth defects, such as immune deficiency, scoliosis of the spine (distorted spine), cleft palates, mental impairments and grotesquely crossed eyes that bulge from their skull that only a small percentage are suitable for display. Due to these birth defects the white tigers often die an early death. According to some tiger trainers, only 1 in 30 of those white cats will consistently perform. The number of tigers that have to be produced and disposed of in order to fill the public’s desire to see white tigers on display is staggering.

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Piggies <3 Tigers 4 eva!

January 12, 2008

Look at these adorable pictures of a tiger frolicking with her stripe-clad pig friends!  It looks like a scene out of Winnie-the-Pooh.


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Hanoi zoo auctions dead tigers to alleged animal trafficker in violation of convention

January 10, 2008


The Hanoi Zoo violated Vietnamese and international regulations by auctioning off the carcasses of two dead tigers to an alleged animal trafficker, a zoo official said Thursday. Hoping to raise money to buy new animals, the zoo sold the carcass of a 1-year-old tiger in November after the animal died of disease, Dang Gia Tung, the zoo’s deputy director, told The Associated Press.

Nguyen Quoc Truong paid $7,800, the highest amount offered from six bidders, Tung said. Truong, 43, also bought another dead tiger the zoo auctioned in 2002, he said.

Truong and Nguyen Thuy Mui, 48, were detained Monday after two live tigers were found sedated in the back seat of a car near Hanoi. Police also found four frozen cats in Truong’s home that were to be processed into traditional medicines believed to cure a number of ailments, state media reported.

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Also see 2 Vietnamese Charged in Animal Trafficking

When Animals Go AWOL, Zoos Try To Tame Bad PR

January 6, 2008


When an escaped tiger killed a San Francisco zoo visitor on Christmas, it was the biggest blow yet to an industry that has been working hard to improve its reputation.

The problem: Some animals aren’t cooperating.

In 2007, at least 10 animal escapes from U.S. zoos generated press coverage. Fugitives include a cheetah that scaled a fence at the St. Louis Zoo, a peacock that walked out of the Denver Zoo and took up residence on the front porch of a nearby house, and a geriatric spider monkey named Rena who jimmied open her cage door at the Dallas Zoo before being recaptured.

Still at large: an African white-backed vulture with a nine-foot wing span that squeezed through a fence in Dallas. “The general feeling was that she could survive out in the wild,” says Karen Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the zoo, adding that the search is ongoing.

Most animal escapes don’t result in injuries to people, and the critters are usually captured and returned home. But zoo officials say recent breakouts have forced them to talk about safety at a time when they would rather discuss topics like improved facilities and efforts to save endangered species.

The nation’s largest zoos are in the midst of a public-relations campaign led by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums — a trade group that accredits zoos — to counter recent accusations by animal-rights groups that captive creatures are mistreated. They’re launching educational campaigns about the animal aging process, for example, to show that when an animal dies it is often due to natural causes. They’re also talking publicly about incidents, including escapes, that they might not have disclosed in the past.

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Animal activists say S.F. tiger attack supports case against zoos

December 29, 2007


The recent tiger attack in San Francisco has given a platform to animal rights activists, who say holding wild animals in captivity is cruel, for-profit entertainment and should be stopped.

Those who despise zoos – and not just PETA, though the group did join the chorus – say the attack proves that animals are unhappy and that zoos should be phased out.

“The major problem with zoos is they put the entertainment value at a higher priority than the welfare or well-being of the animals,” said Elliot Katz, president of In Defense of Animals, a Mill Valley animal rights group. “Because elephants and tigers are big draws, the zoo creates dangerous situations.”

Katz helped organize the effort to get the elephants removed from the San Francisco Zoo after obtaining medical records that showed they were being mistreated. He said that both elephants and tigers need much more space than the zoo provides.

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San Francisco police probe fatal zoo attack

December 26, 2007

Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:35pm GMT
(Recasts, adds victim identity, details, byline)
By Jim Christie


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 26 (Reuters) – San Francisco police on Wednesday investigated whether a Siberian tiger had help in escaping its zoo habitat before it killed a teenager and injured two other people on Christmas Day.

Police told a news conference at the San Francisco Zoo that they were treating the city-run facility as a crime scene. Investigators are looking into whether the tiger, which had mauled a zoo employee last year, had been taunted before its rampage.

Police also indicated they were considering whether someone might have let the 9-year-old tiger, known as Tatiana, out of its exhibit.

Police shot and killed the tiger after it turned toward them as they attempted to divert its attention from one of the injured victims on the ground.

Zoo spokeswoman Lora LaMarca said zoo officials could not comment on how the tiger got out of its habitat, a grotto surrounded by a 15-foot (4.5 meter) moat and 20-foot (6 meter) wall.

“It is an ongoing police investigation and it is still being looked into,” LaMarca said.

San Francisco’s medical examiner identified the victim of the fatal attack as Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, of San Jose, California. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two other victims, 19- and 23-year-old brothers from San Jose, were reported in stable condition at a San Francisco hospital.

The tiger attacked Sousa in front of its enclosure and the the brothers about 300 yards from it.

The same tiger had injured a zoo worker during a public feeding last December. The zoo made safety upgrades and recently resumed the public feedings. (Reporting by Jim Christie; Editing by Bill Trott)

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