Yet again we have a keeper killed by a Tiger*. This year must be something of a record for people being killed by Big Cats. In this instance it was veteran zookeeper Zhou Jianhua, 57, of Shanghai Zoo. Yet again it appears to have been a case of keeper error. It is a sad loss and I extend my sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.
It only goes to show that those working within a zoo environment need to be on their toes at all times because if your own mistake doesn't kill or maim you then someone else's could. It is precisely for this reason I have never liked people working in pairs with big cats. There is too much reliance on the memories of others (I thought you latched the door!).
With regards to the other incidents this year. As I have stated on numerous occasions that I believe, regardless of the arguments presented, that actually going into enclosures with big cats is stupid. It is stupid because it is never necessary. The title of Tiger Trainer/Handler does not belong in a good zoo. This is a Dysfunctional Zoo activity. It is an accident, a death waiting to happen.
I note that Dreamworld states with regards to the incident in Australia zoo " it was bad incident, it was not an attack". I suppose it is a matter of interpretation but to me it was, without question 'an attack'. I did not doubt that such a statement would come from Dreamworld as they carry out the same nefarious activity.
When are the licensing authorities in Australia going to pull their fingers out and stand up to these large powerful and popular places and say enough is enough? They should follow the lead of their neighbors in New Zealand.
Please see there was another 'incident' in Australia Zoo today....time is ticking away here....get pulling....maybe they are stuck.
*It saddens me that this tiger has been placed in isolation for the rest of its days. Why precisely?
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