We have had two tiger 'incidents' this week. In both cases the keeper was bitten in the neck. In both cases the injured were hospitalised and remain so at the present time. In both cases I wish and hope that the injured make a speedy and full recovery.
Whereas there have
been a number of updates from Australia we have heard nothing from Korea as
yet. I have contacted Seoul Zoo but have had no reply as to how Mr. Shim is
In both these
incidents it was down to keeper error. In Seoul somebody left a cage door open.
In Australia Zoo it was because the keepers were stupid enough to be in a cage
with the tigers in the first place. I must have said it a hundred times….hands
on with big cats it is always an accident waiting to happen. The really sad
part of it is that it is never necessary to be in a cage with one of these
animals in the first place. We really need to do away with the title 'big cat
handler' once and for all.
I've heard all the
arguments. I've read all the blurb and excuses and hype and rubbish. It really
does need to stop. I don't doubt that the Australia Zoo staff acted
appropriately and full credit to them. I also don't doubt that what they were
doing was within the Australian zoo accreditation guidelines. Guidelines and
accreditation for this unnecessary activity need to change. I also do know that
there is a huge faction within Australian zoos who look upon this hands on
activity in Australia Zoo and Dreamworld with disdain. I don't expect everyone
to agree with me and no doubt I will have several anonymous emails as a result
of what I have just said. I only ask that they use a spellchecker and cut out
the curse words.
The wolf escape at
Colchester was a real tragedy. No doubt we learn a lot more when the zoo
completes its investigation. Having to shoot the wolves was sad but the zoo
took the correct action. It is never an easy thing to do. I know, I have been
in the same position. It is a funny thing about wolves though. There is a large
number of people out there who think they have some sort of communion of the
souls with these magnificent animals and when they get together with the
nutters who claim to be experts there is no end of nonsense spouted forth.
Daktari has a lot to answer for.
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