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http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles...24210009990001

Now personally I think that the whole thing was handled completely WRONG, but that's just IMO. NO animals should have to die because man is not equipped to understand them. Lack of training and to easily of an access to a deadly weapon caused this tragedy.
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http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles...24210009990001

Now personally I think that the whole thing was handled completely WRONG, but that's just IMO. NO animals should have to die because man is not equipped to understand them. Lack of training and to easily of an access to a deadly weapon caused this tragedy.

I was sad when I saw that the jaguar had been shot also, I feel sorry that the handler was hurt, but from everything that I read, she should not have even been in the cage in the first place since the jaguar was out, and I think they should have never entered the cage to go in and get to her until the animal was put up. There were too many people in danger to begin with.
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http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles...24210009990001

Now personally I think that the whole thing was handled completely WRONG, but that's just IMO. NO animals should have to die because man is not equipped to understand them. Lack of training and to easily of an access to a deadly weapon caused this tragedy.
I have to agree with you. It is a shame that this animal had to die for doing what it's natural instincts are telling it to do.
post #4 of 11
I am deeply saddened by this incident as well I feel terrible that this beautiful Jaguar had to be killed. I know they had to get in there to help the handler who was injured, but they could have tried to use a tranquilizer first. However, they may have decided against a tranquilizer, because it could make the cat angry before it takes effect. The handler made a huge mistake by going into the cats enclosure WITHOUT the cat being locked down and she, as well as the cat, paid the price for her mistake. I am not sure why they had the handler working with this cat by herself. Had there been a more experienced handler with her, I doubt this would have happened. This zoo MUST go over their policies and procedures to make sure ALL handlers understand what they are doing. This handler died doing what she loved to do, I am sure she understood the risks. A beautiful Jaguar was lost as well. This is very sad indeed
post #5 of 11
It's a sad situation all around. They said this morning that the zoo is investigating why she was in the enclosure in the first place, and why she was in there with the Jaguar.

I think it's all too easy for even zoo staff to forget that they are dealing with wild animals. These aren't the home-raised critters just because they have access to them. While I understand their protocol of responding with force if necessary instead of just allowing the cat to continue mauling the woman, it seems to me that there were mistakes leading up to the attack that should have been avoided.
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I almost posted this the night it happened but wanted to know if there was any updated news.

My first reaction was anger at the zoo for not trying to sedate the jaguar prior to removing the woman, then realized that she was alive while they tried to rescue her and she later died at the hospital. I was curious about not have fast acting sedatives, but in the case of life or death for the woman, I suspect that the zoo staff that shot the cat had limited options.

I've volunteered at our local zoo and know that there are very specific protocals about entering cages, particularly with large predators. It's a shame that this woman's inexperience caused the death of this beautiful cat.

It's simply frustrating.
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat View Post
I am deeply saddened by this incident as well I feel terrible that this beautiful Jaguar had to be killed. I know they had to get in there to help the handler who was injured, but they could have tried to use a tranquilizer first. However, they may have decided against a tranquilizer, because it could make the cat angry before it takes effect. The handler made a huge mistake by going into the cats enclosure WITHOUT the cat being locked down and she, as well as the cat, paid the price for her mistake. I am not sure why they had the handler working with this cat by herself. Had there been a more experienced handler with her, I doubt this would have happened. This zoo MUST go over their policies and procedures to make sure ALL handlers understand what they are doing. This handler died doing what she loved to do, I am sure she understood the risks. A beautiful Jaguar was lost as well. This is very sad indeed

I understand that the zoo did have policies that no handler was to be in the cage when the cat was out. And I think that I read somewheres that she had been at the zoo for 5 years.
post #8 of 11
Here's the latest on the story:

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=65458

Apparently a door between the handler safe area and the enclosure was open, but they don't know why, if it was left open or if she opened it herself.

She had only been working at the zoo for 1 year, but had been working with animals, including big cats (tigers at Ocean's Journey in Denver) for 3 years prior to that.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Here's the latest on the story:

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=65458

Apparently a door between the handler safe area and the enclosure was open, but they don't know why, if it was left open or if she opened it herself.

She had only been working at the zoo for 1 year, but had been working with animals, including big cats (tigers at Ocean's Journey in Denver) for 3 years prior to that.

Thanks for clearing it up, I really couldn't remember what I had read or heard on the news.
post #10 of 11
Just :censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor: sad all around!! Why would she even let herself in the cage, knowing she wasnt supposed to be in there And like someone else mentioned, why the heck couldnt they of just tranquelizd the poor Jag before kiling it??
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
Just :censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor: sad all around!! Why would she even let herself in the cage, knowing she wasnt supposed to be in there And like someone else mentioned, why the heck couldnt they of just tranquelizd the poor Jag before kiling it??
They think it may have been a mistake, that someone left the door between the safe area and the exhibit open. She was attacked in the doorway.

They said that tranqs would have taken 5-7 (I think) minutes to take effect, and she was still alive when they got there. That's why they didn't tranq him.
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