Potter Park Zoo cat dies after eating rubber ball
By T.M. Shultz
Lansing State Journal
An Asian fishing cat at Potter Park zoo has died from internal injuries suffered after eating a rubber ball that somehow got into her cage, zoo officials announced today.
Fishing cats are threatened in the wild and are native to southwest India, Sri Lanka, countries of the southern Himalayas and Southeast Asia.
The fishing cat lives in watery areas and fish make up the bulk of their diet, according to several Web sites. Their average life-span Read More
Cougar captured near elementary school in Willmar
WILLMAR, Minn. - Police in Willmar say a cougar was captured near Kennedy Elementary School after being seen running through a residential neighborhood.
Officers received a 9-1-1 call around 7:45 this morning and found the cougar in a tree when they arrived. Before an officer with a tranquilizer gun arrived, the cougar left the tree and ran around the neighborhood.
School officials made sure all the children were inside and locked the doors.
The animal was laying under Read More
DEP Removes 24 Tigers Illegally Kept as Pets
Tigers will be driven nonstop to the Wild Animal Orphanage in Texas
Photo caption: DEP photo of tiger enclosures filled with feces, urine, and mud taken at Joan Byron-Marasek's property in Jackson Township. The tigers were moved to the Wild Animal Orphanage's new, 102-acre facility located outside San Antonio, Texas.
(03/163) TRENTON, NJ - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with assistance from the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare Read More
Missouri Couple Sentenced For Brokering Illegal Sale of Federally-Endangered Tigers
Scott Flaherty, 612-713-5309
Tim Santel, 217-971-5100
The owner of a Cape Girardeau, Mo, animal park and his wife were sentenced today by a federal court in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for their roles in the illegal trafficking of four endangered tigers in 1998. Todd H. Lantz, owner of Lazy L Exotics, was sentenced to five months in prison, three years supervised probation upon release, and ordered to pay $5,000 to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Read More
Extinction via Hunting
Lions face new threat: They're rich, Americans and they've got guns
Schwarzkopf and George Bush Senior mobilize opposition as Botswana moves to save its big cats
Special report: George Bush's America
Chris McGreal in Johannesburg
Friday April 27, 2001
You might call the lions of southern Africa potential Bush meat. The former American president, George Bush senior, and his old Gulf War ally, General "Stormin' Read More
TIGER LADY MUST FIND HOMES FOR 26 TIGERS
FEW TAKERS LIKELY, EXPERTS SAY
SOURCE: Wire services
BYLINE: JOHN P. McALPIN, Associated Press
It's not like a newspaper ad saying"Wanted: Good home for big cat" will work. After all, these are tigers, 400-pound carnivores. "They are just very hard animals to find a home for. They scare the hell out of you.
They're big, and they will eat you if they get a chance,"said Craig Brestrup, executive director of a national association for animal preserves. After losing Read More
I'm So Lucky
At least once a day someone will tell me how lucky I am to get to work with big cats. I'm writing this at 9:30 PM in a restaurant because if I were at home there would be too many interruptions to write. It's late because it's ALWAYS this late before I get fed. I eat out because I am too easily called away from the stove and there's not a room in my house that I don't have to fight a Bobcat, Caracal, Cougar or Fishing Cat for my food.
When I get home I'll check on the youngsters, the sick, the injured and the recovering before Read More