High court seeks report on lion deaths at Nahargarh rescue centre

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan high court has sought details on the two lions who reportedly died at the Nahargarh rescue centre recently due to lack of care. A bench of Justice Mahesh Chand Sharma asked for the details on the basis of a request made by lawyers during the hearing of Hingonia cowshed case on Friday.


As senior forest officials were present in the courtroom for the cowshed case in which irregularities are alleged in its upkeep, lawyers P C Bhandari and Lalit Sharma also brought the issue of lions’ death. Justice Sharma promptly directed the forest officers to inform the court about the number of lions at the rescue centre, their names and age and who their caretakers are.


The details are to be submitted to court by January 15, 2013.


As for the upkeep of cows at Hingonia shed, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) told court that it would deploy 50 more men for the purpose. In response to a court query, JMC CEO Jagroop Singh Yadav informed the bench that one person was needed to look after 25 cows. The official assured the court on deputing adequate maintenance staff at the cowshed. It was also committed that the number of vehicles engaged in picking up stray cows would be increased to six.


Justice Sharma directed the Kanota police station to depute a policeman to visit the cowshed twice everyday to ensure that the animals were looked after well. He would also record his visit details in the police station’s daily register (rojnaamcha), the court ordered.


On the complaint that some people were illegally taking away milch cows from the shed and replacing those with non-productive ones, Justice Sharma ordered the Kanota police station staff to check this with assistance from the cowshed commissioner.


The court was further assured by JMC about providing 16 LED lights at the cowshed by January 31, 2013. The civic body has already put in place two high-mast lights at the shed.



India: Leopard dies of negligence

TNN 11 November 2009, 06:48am IST

NIZAMABAD: In a case of gross negligence on the part of a veterinary doctor and his team, a leopard died after it was injected with a heavy dose of anaesthesia at Jaheerabad village in Kammarpalli mandal of Nizamabad district on Tuesday morning.

Sources said a compounder administered a dart with a heavy dose of anaesthesia to the wild cat after it got entangled in a mesh, which was set up to trap wild boars and protect standing crops in the agricultural field. The compounder reportedly administered three injections, which resulted in the death of the animal around 9.30 am after it struggled for three and a half hours.

Sources said the wild cat entered the village from the nearby forests to quench its thirst and was trapped. When the forest officials did not turn up in time, the police who tried to rescue the wild animal sought the services of the local veterinary doctor. “Had the forest officials responded immediately, the big cat could have survived. The local doctor and his compounder did not have the expertise to handle this case,” a police official said.

It was a spectacle for hundreds of villagers as they gathered around the leopard even as it tried to wriggle out of the mesh. Later, the carcass of the animal was shifted for an autopsy.

It may be recalled a leopard was killed in mob fury at Sangam village in Nizamabad district.



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Okla. facility makes no changes after fatal liger mauling

Moving day approaches for sanctuary’s black bears
The new habitat’s grand opening may be bittersweet for staff members.

By TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Published: 6/12/2009 2:23 AM
Last Modified: 6/12/2009 4:36 AM

BROKEN ARROW — A few sad memories are bound to be stirred, but nobody will be wearing black at Safari’s Sanctuary this weekend — except for Honey Bear and Hercules, of course.

The two black bears, who have lived for several years at the sanctuary, at 26881 E. 58th St. in Broken Arrow, will get their first official look at their long-anticipated new habitat Saturday.

And although staff members’ hearts are still heavy over the death of a colleague, the grand opening is intended to be a big celebration.

Peter Getz, who had very much looked forward to the new bear habitat, would want it that way, sanctuary officials say.

Getz, 32, an animal handler at the facility, was mauled to death by one of the sanctuary’s big cats in October.

Sanctuary owner Lori Ensign said: “Bears were his love, and that’s one reason we’ve pushed so hard to get this complete and just right. This is definitely dedicated to his memory. He was supposed to be here for this, to swim with the bears.”

The new bear habitat is several times larger than the current one and has more amenities, including individual housing and a 2-foot-deep swimming pool with a waterfall.

The bears will be moved about 2 p.m. Saturday, and visitors are invited to watch as they explore their new home.

Ensign closed the nonprofit sanctuary to the public after Getz’s death but later reopened it, declaring her intentions to carry on the sanctuary’s mission in his memory.

The attack occurred after Getz apparently opened a liger’s cage during feeding time, in violation of sanctuary rules.

The sanctuary hasn’t changed any procedures since reopening, but Ensign did re-emphasize the rules to staff members.

“We went back and stressed our policies and why they are in place,” she said. “Unfortunately what happened shows why. Pete, for whatever reason, didn’t follow them that day. We’ll never know why.”

The sanctuary, which, like zoos, is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retained its license and was not fined or penalized as a result of the death, Ensign said.

The liger, named Rocky, also was spared and continues to be one of the sanctuary’s top attractions.

The park is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission costs $6 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Children younger than 3 are admitted free with an adult.

For more information, call 357-5683 or go online to

tulsa world.com/safaris

Tim Stanley 581-8385




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TV’s "Lion Man" fears for future of park

Fri, 29 May 2009 1:07p.m.

“Lion Man” Craig Busch today said he feared for the future of the Northland wildlife park where a handler was killed by a tiger on Wednesday.

Mr Busch, who is involved in a hearing in the Employment Relations Authority over his dismissal from the Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei, also said he was on stand-by to return to help out.

The park remains closed after the death of its most experienced big-cat handler, Dalu Mncube, who was attacked while cleaning the tiger enclosure.

The tiger, Abu, was shot dead by staff.

Mr Busch said he knew Mr Mncube well and described his death as “a terrible personal tragedy” for him.

He also described the shooting of Abu, an animal he had raised from a young age, as a tragedy.

He expressed concerned about the park’s future, citing safety issues, the way it was managed and the well-being of the animals.

Asked if Mr Mncube had been equipped to deal with animals there, he said: “I think there needs to be more experience.”

As to whether the incident would have happened on his watch, he replied: “I don’t know because I was not there. It is being investigated right now.”

But he added: “The best person to handle those animals is right here, you’re looking at him.

“There are not many people experienced to be able to handle these guys.

“I’m here on stand-by ready to go to help on these matters, like I have always have been.”

Mr Busch also said that, apart from the ERA hearing, which has been adjourned because of Mr Mncube’s death, he was taking other legal action.

He said this would be in the form of civil proceedings which would be lodged over the coming week regarding a contractual matter.




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Mountain lion killed after escape at Kansas zoo

The Associated Press

Posted on Tue, May. 26, 2009 12:45 AM

Officials at a central Kansas zoo are trying to figure out how a 150-pound mountain lion escaped from its enclosure.

The 14-year-old female was shot and killed by police at the Great Bend Zoo on Sunday evening.

Zoo director Mike Cargill tells KAKE-TV the mountain lion escaped during feeding time shortly before closing and staff quickly moved the few zoo-goers in the area to safety.

Cargill says visitors were never in danger but the situation was “deteriorating quickly.” The big cat was frightened and had a history of being somewhat aggressive.

Tranquilizer darts would have taken a half-hour to arrive so police were called in.

Great Bend police shot and killed the cougar as it crouched in the bushes next to the bobcat exhibit.

Information from: KAKE-TV



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