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Keepers shoot escaped lion at Australian zoo

21 hours agoSYDNEY (AFP) — A lioness was shot dead after escaping from its enclosure at an Australian zoo, forcing dozens of visitors to hide inside buildings, a zoo spokesman said Wednesday.The nine-year-old big cat, called Jamelia, broke out of its habitat at Mogo Zoo south of Sydney on Tuesday morning as visitors were walking around."She never reached a public area but there was a concern she may have," zoo spokesman John Appleby said."All our team members and visitors were taken into safe houses."He said Jamelia, who was raised from birth Read More

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Florida man gives up "pet" cougars

Wonder Gardens takes in two mountain lionsBy AARON HALE (Contact)Originally published 4:37 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009Updated 5:27 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009The love of animals has always been a driving factor behind David and Dawn Piper's work with the Everglades Wonder Gardens.That compassion was tested last week when they were asked to rescue two mountain lions from a home in Lehigh Acres.David Piper says he received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Investigator Lar Gregory on March 11, asking him if he would Read More

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B.C. bans private ownership of exotic pets like tigers, pythons, alligators

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The tragic death two years ago of a woman killed by a caged tiger as children looked on helped spur the British Columbia government to implement new rules to ban dangerous pets that could harm the public, says Environment Minister Barry Penner. Penner said Tuesday that the new Controlled Alien Species Regulation, which came into effect this week, identifies 1,256 species that pose a serious threat to public safety. The list includes black panthers, lions, tigers, boa constrictors, pythons, some poisonous frogs, monkeys, chimpanzees Read More

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B.C. bans private ownership of exotic pets like tigers, pythons, alligators

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The tragic death two years ago of a woman killed by a caged tiger as children looked on helped spur the British Columbia government to implement new rules to ban dangerous pets that could harm the public, says Environment Minister Barry Penner.Penner said Tuesday that the new Controlled Alien Species Regulation, which came into effect this week, identifies 1,256 species that pose a serious threat to public safety.The list includes black panthers, lions, tigers, boa constrictors, pythons, some poisonous frogs, monkeys, chimpanzees Read More

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Florida: Safari-themed retreat working to get after-the-fact approval

Safari-themed retreat working to get Collier approval after the factBy ERIC STAATSSunday, March 8, 2009NAPLES — The menagerie of animals at a safari-themed retreat in rural Collier County runs the gamut from tarantulas to white rhinos.Besides its furry, finned and feathered collection, Ngala (prounounced En-ya-la) is home to a long-running zoning debacle that is working its way to a potential resolution later this year.The county’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) already has voted unanimously to recommend approval of a petition to allow Read More