Man jumps into tiger den at Bronx Zoo is mauled loses foot

 

Man Mauled At Zoo ‘Wanted To Be One’ With Tiger

 

The ticket booths are empty and the gates are chained shut at an entrance to the Bronx Zoo in New York, on Sept. 21. Zoo officials say a visitor who leaped into an exhibit and was mauled by a tiger was alone with the 400-pound beast for about 10 minutes before being rescued.

EnlargeJim Fitzgerald/APThe ticket booths are empty and the gates are chained shut at an entrance to the Bronx Zoo in New York, on Sept. 21. Zoo officials say a visitor who leaped into an exhibit and was mauled by a tiger was alone with the 400-pound beast for about 10 minutes before being rescued.

September 22, 2012

A man who was mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo is facing arrest after telling investigators he wanted “to be one” with the 400-pound beast, police said Saturday.

David Villalobos also claimed that despite his serious injuries, he was able to pet the tiger before zookeepers came to his rescue, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.

Browne said that based on a complaint from the zoo and his own admissions, the hospitalized Villalobos would be arrested and charged with trespassing.

Police had said earlier that 25-year-old Villalobos admitted to a police officer making a conscious decision to jump from an elevated train into the animal’s den, but that his motives were unclear and an arrest uncertain.

That changed when, during an interview Saturday at the hospital, Villalobos told detectives that “his leap was definitely not a suicide attempt, but a desire to be one with the tiger,” Browne said.

The mauling happened Friday afternoon in the Wild Asia exhibit featuring a train with open sides that takes visitors over the Bronx River and through a forest, where they glide

National Geographic Exposes Liger Breeding for the Scam It Is

You may have heard of a liger—the lion-tiger hybrid is, after all, Napoleon Dynamite’s favorite animal—but nowa Russian zoo has released photos of a so-called “liliger” named Kiara, the offspring ofa liger mother and a lion father. (See liger pictures.)

 

“Liliger” Born in Russia NoBoon for Big Cats

Unnatural mix-and-match felines have no conservation purpose, experts say.

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A ''li-liger'' in a Russian zoo.

This baby liliger cub may be the only one in existence.

 

The cub, born last week at Novosibirsk Zoo, may be the only liliger in existence. But charming as the cuddly cub appears, ligers, liligers, and other mix-and-match felines raise serious concerns for advocates of big-cat conservation.

 

Ligers are the result of a male lion mating with a female tiger. Craig Packer, director oft

Rescued tiger cub debuts at Tigers for Tomorrow

Rescued tiger cub debuts at Tigers for Tomorrow

 

Indian, a 12-week-old Siberian tiger mix rescued from Wisconsin, is making his debut appearances at Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain.

Indian, a 12-week-old Siberian tiger mix rescued from Wisconsin, is making his debut appearances at Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain. (Special to The Times)

 

In a news release, Tigers for Tomorrow Executive DirectorSusanSteffens

Son of Utah Fur Farming Family Tells His Story

“But the unspeakable misery of their animals cannot be denied.”

 

The Beckstead family is one of the biggest fur farming families in Utah and Idaho. They are said to own two farms, one in each state.

 

One of the Beckstead clan does not support the bloody work of his family. In 2001, son Scott Beckstead published this damning indictment of his family and the fur farming business. The article was published in The Oregonian (the largest newspaper in Oregon),

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The Oregonian

December 9, 2001

 

Misery on the Mink Farm

 

by Scott Beckstead

 

These cold, gray days stir vivid memories for me, childhood images I shall live with forever. Strongest among them are those of pelting season on Grandpa’s mink farm.

 

My grandfather, gone now for more than a decade, raised minks in Franklin, Idaho. Every fall, my family traveled to Franklin to help my grandparents with what we called “the pelting season.”

 

I remember the smell. Like all members of the weasel family, minks are equipped with powerful scent glands. They sprayed their musky stench while in the throes of death. That smell permeated everything. Our clothes. Our hair.

 

I didn’t have the manual dexterity to do the skinning, so I helped with the killing. We killed the females by breaking their necks. The males were not so lucky. They were too big to have their necks broken, so they were g

Animal Intervention on NatGeo Wild Launches Oct 2 2012

ANIMAL ADVOCATE ALISON EASTWOOD AND ANIMAL EXPERT DONALD SCHULTZ CONFRONT OVERWHELMED AND OUT-OF-TOUCH WILDLIFE OWNERS IN NEED OF AN ANIMAL INTERVENTION

Emotions Run High at Roadside Zoos, Private Ranches and Midwest Magic Shows

Where Exotics Are Kept in Cramped, Neglectful or Dangerous Environments

and Owners Are Reluctant to Change

New Series Animal Intervention Premieres Tuesday, October 2, at 9PM on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 5, 2012) Owning a wild animal is no small task. Full-grown tigers, lions and monkeys are powerful, unpredictable and extremely dangerous. They need a lot of food, a lot of space and a lot of attention in order to live comfortably and safely in captivity. It takes more than a love of animals to make a good owner. And when owners are unwilling or incapable of acting in the best interest of their animals, it takes an Animal Intervention.

Enter animal advocate Alison Eastwood and animal expert Donald Schultz, who confront overwhelmed and out-of-touch wildlife owners who house exotic animals in confined and potentially hazardous environments. Some of the owners breed their animals, further crowding their facilities and increasing the overall population of exotics living in captivity. Alison and Donald approach owners at private ranches, roadside zoos and even magic shows to assess the conditions in which they keep their animals. Emotions run high when Alison and Donald recommend changes, sometimes as drastic as relocating full-grown wild animals to safe and clean animal sanctuaries. Their work is chronicled in the new series Animal Intervention, premiering Tuesday, October 2, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.

Alison and Donald receive tips from concerned organizations and individuals about potentially problematic animal enclosures, and set out to investigate. They catch up with a Louisiana couple harboring four capuchin monkeys in their RV. The monkeys live in cramped cages and take turns sleeping with the couple in bed at night. Then duo tours a makeshift zoo in upstate New York run by an owner who is physically and financially strained battling multiple health problems. His family must consider the heartbreaking decision to find sanctuaries for the bobcats, macaques and mountain lion they have loved liked family. And they visit central Ohio and meet an animal lover who created a rescue for unwanted big cats in her home, only to struggle both financially and emotionally to keep up with the massive responsibility. She and her husband continue building cages both inside and outside of their home to take in new animals, while at the same time pawning all of their valuables in a desperate attempt to keep the cats fed and cared for.  (more…)