May 27, 1988 |
A zebra in a Yugoslav zoo chose death over captivity and killed herself by smashing her head against the ground. The state news agency Tanjug said Thursday that the zebra broke her spine after keepers foiled an attempt by her and her mate to escape from the Sarajevo zoo.
May 26, 1988 |
A zebra in a Yugoslav zoo chose death over captivity and killed herself by smashing her head against the ground. Tanjug news agency said today that the zebra broke her spine after keepers foiled an attempt by the animal and her mate to escape from the Sarajevo zoo.
March 31, 1998 |
A 12-year-old boy fell into a cage at a Moscow zoo and was mauled to death by a bear, officials said. The boy went Sunday to a zoo belonging to a youth organization of aspiring biologists. He climbed atop a cage and fell through, police said. The female bear was shot dead by police in a bid to save the child. The child died in a hospital overnight, the Interfax news agency said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1988
I'm not sure your readers fully understand the hazards of working with elephants. As a former 10-year employee of the Erie, Pa., zoo, I can share this knowledge: Elephants have killed more people than any other zoo or circus animal. The elephant is an extremely strong, powerful and dangerous animal who can crush a man against a wall with about as much effort as a human can flatten a fly. If an elephant doesn't respect its handler, the handler is the one who will be beaten and into a more critical state than a light bruising.
July 12, 1988 |
A century ago, when Brazil was Latin America's only monarchy, a nobleman named Joao Batista Viana de Drummond opened Rio's first zoo. To attract customers, he started a daily raffle with gate prizes. And, in a fitting flourish, the numbers used for the raffle were symbolized by animals: the ostrich, the camel, the elephant, the monkey, the tiger and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1989 |
The Vietnamese immigrants newly arrived in this country describe a very different Vietnam than the one I remember. In the old Saigon zoo, the monkeys are now so thin that some of them sit between the bars of their cages. The tigers and lions are fed with sewer rats; once in a while, they are fed a stray dog. The parrots talk less, the bears lie in their pits. Vietnam, in a way, has come to resemble its zoo. Stripped of its prowess and mysticism, it is reduced to a pitiful existence.
December 13, 2008
Re "Zoo, and L.A.'s kids, need Billy," Column, Dec. 9 Hector Tobar intimates that those in favor of sending Billy the elephant to a sanctuary are somehow against the working families and children of Los Angeles. This is not about taking anything away from Los Angeles residents; it is about showing compassion to a living being that should never have become anybody's property to begin with. Tobar says that the experience of seeing Billy at the zoo -- even with his nervous tic as a result of his confinement -- is "a lesson in the complexity and beauty of nature."