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Fire at Florida exotic wild animal company

Fire at Ex Playboy Model's Miami Cougar DenLemurs, snakes dead at exotic wildlife companyBy HANK TESTER and BRIAN HAMACHERUpdated 7:27 AM EST, Thu, Dec 3, 2009Several animals are dead after a fire ripped through a controversial Southwest Miami-Dade exotic wildlife company this morning.No humans appear to have been hurt but at least two lemurs and several snakes and parrots perished after the fire tore through Wild Animal World at 10495 SW 60 St. in Kendall.There was no word on what caused the fire, which was quickly put out by Miami-Dade firefighters, Read More

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South Africans look into illegal lion breeding

afrol News, 27 November - The illegal captive breeding and holding of lions on private farms is becoming a problem in South Africa. Under the protest of wildlife authorities and environmental groups, a growing number of lions are bred in captivity to be exposed to "canned hunting" in South Africa and abroad.Only today, six lions arrived at a wildlife sanctuary for safekeeping after officials of the Department of Finance & Economic Development (Branch Environmental Affairs) along with the South African Police Services, (Organised Crime Unit), confiscated Read More

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Pallas cat, other animal deaths prompt Topeka Zoo criticism

Animal deaths prompt criticism of Topeka ZooBy Associated PressPosted on Fri, Oct. 23, 2009TOPEKA — Two groups investigating the deaths of several animals at the Topeka Zoo criticized zoo officials for lax veterinary care and poor record-keeping.A Sept. 28 inspection report cited the zoo for several noncompliance issues related to the death of seven animals from January 2007 through July 2008. That investigation was followed an August report by the USDA that cited the zoo for several noncompliance issues.Among other problems, investigators found Read More

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1959 article: Lion went to Pa. car wash after wrecking owner’s apartment

Flashback LancasterThis week in Lancaster County historyIntelligencer JournalLancaster New EraNov 30, 2009 00:00 ESTSummaries of local news stories from the pages of the Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era appear in this space each Monday. They are researched and compiled by staff member Tim Buckwalter. Full versions are available on microfilm at the Lancaster County Library, 125 N. Duke St....LION KING: Lawrence A. Benedict, a Lancaster contractor, builder and car-wash operator, agreed to provide a new home for "George," a lion that was Read More

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Chicago pet store that once sold tigers, lions closes

Animal Kingdom: Colorful North Side pet shop calling it quitsStore supplied exotic animals to television programsBy Angie Leventis LourgosTribune reporterNovember 30, 2009The original Chelveston the Duck, a fowl famous for his antics on Ray Rayner's WGN-TV show, was almost someone's dinner.He was rescued from a poultry shop by the Animal Kingdom pet store, which supplied most Chicago-based animal "actors" from the 1950s to the 1980s.The iconic pet shop at 2980 N. Milwaukee Ave. was once home to Luther the Leopard, who was rented by magicians and Read More