Category Archives: National Animal News

Zoo Confirms Unexpected Death Of Amur Tiger, ‘Jupiter’

Ohio – On June 29, the Columbus Zoo announced the unexpected death of a 14-year-old Amur tiger named Jupiter. According to a release from the zoo, Jupiter contracted Covid-19 and died on Sunday, June 26.  The zoo stated:

Jupiter had been on long term treatment for chronic underlying illnesses, which made him more susceptible to this virus. Jupiter is the first animal at the Columbus Zoo to succumb to COVID-19.

Jupiter initially showed signs of illness on June 22. When the symptoms continued into the following day, the tiger was anesthetized for examination and treatment. The exam revealed signs of an infection, but Jupiter didn’t respond to the treatment and passed away two days later.

Jupiter was born at the Moscow Zoo in 2007 and arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2015. He sired nine cubs, contributing to the future of this endangered species.

The zoo said:

Jupiter’s care team remembers him as a big and impressive tiger who loved fish, sleeping in the habitat’s cave, playing with cardboard boxes, and interacting with another favorite item—a 75-pound firehouse “plus sign” that was heavy for keepers to move but something he carried around like it weighed nothing. His care team also fondly remembers the trust they built with Jupiter over time through training and how he was always very friendly with the female tigers, Mara and Natasha.

Jupiter will be greatly missed.

According to a prior news release from the zoo, animals at the Columbus Zoo were vaccinated against Covid-19 in late 2021.

 

 

Rescuers Save Kitten Who Had Been Stuck In Drain For Days

Lansing, MI – A kitten, cold and hungry, was spared a miserable death thanks to a good Samaritan and a team of rescuers who were determined to save him. On Thursday,  Ingham County Animal Control posted images of the rescue effort and shared details about how the gray and white kitten was saved.

According to the animal welfare agency, a good Samaritan discovered the kitten in a storm drain located at Michigan and Cedar in Lansing. The agency put together a team of rescuers from the City of Lansing Public Service Department and Lansing Police Department to get the 6-week-old kitten to safety.

Using air and water, the public works department was able to push the kitten to an area where he could be retrieved.

The animal welfare agency believes that the kitten, dubbed Jordan, had been stuck in the drain for “days” because he was emaciated and hypothermic when he was retrieved.

But things are looking up for Jordan; he is safe, warm, and receiving proper care. According to the shelter, he is “doing well.”

Star Of Reality Show Fired After Video Shows Him Hitting Dog With Folding Chair

On June 23, VH1 announced that 43-year-old Ceaser Emanuel, who starred in the Black Ink Crew New York reality TV series, was fired after video was leaked showing him allegedly abusing a dog.

The decision to cut ties followed the release of Ring video footage showing Emanuel repeatedly striking a dog with a folding chair. The same video shows the dog locked in a cage and being pushed down a hill.

Emanuel’s co-star, Donna Lombardi, shared the video on her Instagram account, writing:

If you can treat a dog like this, it shows how sick of a person you truly are. I don’t even get into the life of this man, but this video made me so upset. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE animals. Especially dogs.

And:

Your karma has been adding up for years, but to do this to two innocent dogs!?! This is crazy. CHARGES NEED TO BE PRESSED, and CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE!

THE WORLD IS WATCHING! 🙏🏽

The reality star’s lawyer, Walter Mosley, claims that the video is old and that it showed the aftermath of a dog altercation. He said that there was a “lapse in judgment” about how to break the dogs up. After being let go from the television series, Emanuel told TMZ that the Ring video was leaked and that it was a “set up,” explaining that his dogs were fighting and he was attacked by one of the dogs when he tried to break them up.

Comments on the Yahoo news article about this situation reveal doubt from people who watched the video.

Watch the video on Twitter here. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts about what happened.

Wildlife Officials Educate The Public After Tragic Death Of Bear In A Hot Car

Tennessee – Wildlife officials in Tennessee used a tragic incident in June to educate the public about the danger of food, and food-tainted trash, to bears. The warning from the  Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency followed a bear’s death inside of a car that was parked at a cabin in  Sevierville, Tennessee, on June 22.

According to the wildlife agency, a bear climbed into an unlocked car and the door closed, trapping it inside.

The bear was unable to get out of the car on the 95-degree day and it died. Officials believe that the temperature inside of the vehicle climbed to at least 140 degrees, causing the bear to die of heatstroke.

The wildlife agency posted this reminder to the public, with the hope that people will be mindful of the danger their food/garbage can have on wildlife:

Notice the empty soda can and food package on the floorboard. Bears have noses 7 times better than a bloodhound and can smell even the faintest odor of food inside a vehicle. Lock your doors, roll up your windows, and never leave food or anything that smells like food inside! Empty food containers, candy wrappers, fast food bags, and even air fresheners can attract bears. Please be #BearWise and help us keep bears wild and alive.

Four Dead, Hundreds Injured As Arena Stands Collapse During Bullfight

El Espinal, Colombia – On Sunday, June 26, at least four people were killed and hundreds injured when an arena stand collapsed during a bullfight in El Espinal, Colombia.

Video captured the moment that the stand buckled and fell forward during the event, plunging hundreds of people to the ground.

A statement from the Mayor’s Office of Espinal said they “deeply regret what happened in the bullring.”

President-elect Gustavo Petro Tweeted:

I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of the Plaza de El Espinal can come out of their wounds unscathed. This had already happened before in Sincelejo.

I ask the mayors not to authorize more shows with the death of people or animals.

The death toll may rise as emergency crews work to clear the rubble to access people trapped beneath the stands.

Hospitals in the area are said to be struggling to handle the huge influx of patients. More victims may be found as emergency responders work to clear away the rubble.

This is not a petition, but Animal Victory recently published a petition asking for cruel bullfighting events to be halted. Click here to learn more.

Firefighters Save Litter Of Puppies From Burning Shed

Days ago, an entire litter of puppies was saved by firefighters in Colleton County, South Carolina. The pups were discovered beneath a shed that was fully engulfed in flames in Jacksonboro.

In a news release, the fire department recounted the situation:

Engine 2 arrived to find the storage building well involved. They deployed two handlines to control the yard fire and the building fire. While firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, they heard a loud whining noise coming from the storage building. Upon investigation they found seven puppies under the burning building and rescued the pups. Firefighter-Paramedics moved the puppies to Fire-Rescue Medic 6 and began treating them for smoke inhalation.

All of the puppies managed to not only survive, but escape being burned. The homeowner had no idea that the puppies, born to a stray dog, were underneath the shed.

Colleton County Animal Services took custody of the puppies and then turned them over to a rescue organization. On Friday, the animal welfare agency said:

We are happy to report that all puppies spent the night with Officer Preacher and her family where they received baths, snuggles and some good food before resting in a safe place. They were transferred to a rescue group the next day, as they are very young and will require more care than we can provide at the shelter for several weeks. And on a very happy note, one of the fire fighters and his family are adopting 2 of the little pups when they are ready to leave their siblings.

According to the shelter, efforts are underway to try and catch the puppies’ feral mom.

Tears Shed As Zoo Says Goodbye To Young Gorilla With Rare Cancer

On Wednesday, tears were shed at the Calgary Zoo when a young gorilla named Kimani was humanely euthanized after a short battle with a rare pediatric cancer. Kimani was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer earlier this month after her care providers noticed that she was lethargic and lacking a robust appetite.

On June 6, the zoo revealed the results of Kimani’s exam:

Kimani has a very serious form of pediatric liver cancer that is affecting her entire liver and has spread to her lungs and the support tissue for her heart, esophagus, and blood vessels (known as the mediastinum). We are working closely with human and veterinary liver and cancer specialists to determine if there are any treatments available to help dear Kimani. We also have consulted with the Gorilla SSP veterinarians for their advice on her unique case, and they have not seen liver cancer in a young gorilla of this age.

Noting that the gorilla’s condition was critical:

Kimani remains in serious to critical condition, and our focus right now is to allow her to stabilize. Although we are searching for all possible advice and options, the cancer is so far advanced that palliative care may be our only option.

Kimani via Calgary Zoo

Not even three weeks later, the zoo was forced to say a final goodbye:

Tears were shed across the zoo today as we ‘walked Kimani home’.💔
We are heartbroken to share that our Animal Care, Health & Welfare (ACHW) team made the difficult but compassionate decision to euthanize our beloved 6-year-old western lowland gorilla, ‘Kimani’ this morning.

The zoo acknowledged the staff that gave Kimani additional time and announced the temporary closure of the African Rainforest Building:

We’re grateful for the additional 2.5 weeks that our incredible ACHW team was able to give her through exceptional palliative care so that her troop could say goodbye. A heartfelt thanks to the veterinary and medical teams around the world that leaned in to help in any way they could and for the encouraging words from our community during this difficult time.
The African Rainforest Building is closed today while we give the troop privacy to mourn the loss of a troop member. Thank you for your understanding.

(Images via Calgary Zoo)

 

Pandemic Adoption Spree Has Ended And Shelters Are Suffering The Consequences

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, pet adoptions soared.  Shelters across the nation celebrated rows of empty kennels as people clamored to bring a pet into their life.

But those joyous days are over. Today, shelters and rescue organizations are drowning in surrendered pets and adoptions are down. Things are so bad that many agencies have halted all intakes.

On Tuesday, The Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. (Indiana) alerted the public of their struggles, writing:

WE ARE COMPLETELY FULL!!!
We have no open runs in our large dog kennel. We have some amazing dogs that keep getting overlooked for no reason. Shelters everywhere are struggling and our large dog adoptions have almost completely halted. If you are looking to add a pet to your family PLEASE visit your local shelter, we are struggling!!!

And Beauties and Beasts in Wichita, Kansas, said:

LAST CALL FOR HUCKLEBERRY❗️ FIRM DEADLINE OUT BY CLOSE TODAY 6/21 OR EUTHANIZED🛑
🆘CODE RED THE WICHITA ANIMAL SHELTER IS FULL & EUTH LISTED ANIMALS ARE IN EXTREME DANGER🆘
Located @Wichita, KS Animal Shelter (NOT in the care of Beauties & Beasts Rescue)

Needy Paws Rescue in St. Louis, Missouri, shared similar sentiments on Tuesday, writing:

Every year, 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized, often for space. These dogs and cats lives end simply because nobody wants them and there is nowhere for them to go.
This is where rescues come in. Rescues have the ability to decrease that number by pulling animals from shelters and giving them another chance at life. We can’t do this without the help of foster families though.
We desperately need help from our community right now. Every shelter is full and rescues don’t have enough fosters. We can’t help animals without fosters homes. We pay for everything and help you find the perfect family for your foster pup.
If you have any questions about how the process works, please let us know!
Fill out your foster app today at www.needypaws.org

And the Richmond Animal League in Virginia stated:

Homes needed! Please share or come adopt! ❤️
Our dog kennels are getting very full and we have animal control partners who need our help, but in order for us to take in more pups, we need to find homes for the ones currently in our care. If you’ve been thinking of adopting, please come visit the amazing dogs we have available at our shelter. These smiling faces and wagging tails can’t wait to meet you!

People who were stuck at home in 2020 and 2021 clamored to alleviate their boredom by getting a pet…now that they are traveling and going back to work, they are dumping cats and dogs in record numbers. Please consider adoption if you are looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, and if your house is already full, please support your local shelter or rescue agency by volunteering or donating supplies.

Zookeeper Dies After Tiger At Roadside Attraction Mauls Him

Last week, a 23-year-old man died after being mauled by a tiger who was kept at a roadside zoo in Periban, Mexico. Shocking video footage shows the moment the tiger grabbed hold of Jose de Jesus’ hand.

The zookeeper can be heard screaming as the tiger pulls him towards the fencing. The man was finally freed from the tiger’s grip, but he died of a massive heart attack after being taken to a hospital, where he had refused to let medical professionals amputate his mangled hand.

In a press release, PETA explains why people should avoid visiting these types of tourist traps:

Confined to small, filthy enclosures and denied the space, diverse environment, and freedom they need to thrive, animals imprisoned at roadside zoos are often deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. Relentless frustration, loneliness, and abuse from the people who are supposed to care for them drive many of the animals insane.

Using big cats and their cubs, primates, and other animals as photo props, the operators of these cruel attractions lure in visitors who may not be aware of how the animals suffer. Many volunteers and workers at such facilities have been mauled.

As reported by the Mirror, the owner of the roadside attraction released the video in order to show that Jose de Jesus was at fault; the tiger’s owner has stated that he has the necessary permits to operate his facility.

Devastated Owner Issues Warning After Her Beloved Dog Died From Playing In Kiddie Pool

On June 11, a young border collie named Winter died unexpectedly after playing in a water-filled kiddie pool. Winter’s demise prompted his heartbroken owner, Jessie, to utilize social media platforms to warn other dog owners about the danger of water intoxication.

On Instagram, Jessie posted photos of her 18-month-old pup, writing:

I wanted to write this to advocate on his behalf, and to share the details surrounding his death to help spread awareness about the dangers of water intoxication for dogs. Winter spent about an hour playing in a baby pool with no more than 4 inches of water (see video), which he had done many times in the past.
The events from yesterday can only be explained as a “freak accident”. None of it truly makes sense but somehow this time spent splashing around in the pool, became fatal.

She adds:

With that being said, please be careful with your dogs this summer – especially on hot days or during potential heat waves. We do not need another innocent pup passing away tragically from this.
I cannot even comprehend the fact that he is never coming back. I am so grateful for the time I had with Winter, and I truly hope he brought as much joy to everyone else as he did to me. I will miss him dearly 🤍🖤

@jesssayyw

This is heartbreaking to share but this was right before Winter passed away. This is for awareness purposes and showing the situation he was in before it became fatal. #dogsoftiktok #rip #bordercollie #puppiesoftiktok #dog #accident #waterintoxication #love #share #alldogsgotoheaven #bestfriend #awareness #spreadawareness

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What exactly is water intoxication in dogs? It is a rare condition that develops if a dog ingests a large amount of water in a short period of time. The large amount of water depletes the sodium in the dog’s body, causing the cells to swell.

Symptoms to watch for:

  • loss of coordination
  • drooling
  • pale gums
  • restlessness
  • lethargy
  • bloating
  • vomiting
  • glazed eyes
  • excessive salivation
  • difficulty breathing
  • seizures
  • coma

Dogs who develop one or more of these symptoms after playing in water should immediately receive veterinary care. With prompt, supportive care (diuretics and electrolytes) dogs may recover, but survival is not guaranteed.

Please help save a life by sharing this vital information.

You can find more photos and videos of Winter on Jessie’s TikTok account here.

 

Shelter Takes In 27 Beagles From Facility That Breeds Animals For Testing

The Atlanta Humane Society has taken in 27 beagles who were transferred from the Humane Society of the United States after being relinquished from a facility that breeds animals for animal testing.

On Wednesday, the animal welfare agency commented on the conditions the dogs had been living in:

They were born and living in confined, unsanitary spaces likely with little socialization from humans, and their care will be expensive and extensive.

The dogs are not currently available for adoption and no holds are being accepted. The shelter explains its policy:

We do adoptions on a first-come, first-served basis and do not place holds or pre-accept applications. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, you’ll need to sign up for pet alerts and keep an eye on our website.

Interested in being alerted when the dogs are available for adoption? Please sign up here.

Thousands Of Cattle Drop Dead In Kansas

Thousands of cattle recently dropped dead on a ranch in Ulysses, Kansas. Experts are citing “extreme heat” for the estimated 10,000 deaths, but many people are questioning that explanation because all of the cows seemed to die at the same time.

Speculation about the true cause is running rampant on social media. One person posted this image, implying that the government is behind the cattle deaths.

Others pointed out that the stated cause of death is not being embraced by other ranchers in the area, with evidence that seemingly debunks the official theory:

While some people support the expert explanation:

Some proposed the idea that the deaths could be linked to bright red “sprites” observed in the sky during the same time period:

And while some questioned the high temperature, others pointed out that changing weather patterns could signal something ominous:

Some people pointed out that it is extremely hot in other areas of the country and similar mass deaths have not happened:

Hopefully official necropsies will reveal exactly how these cows died. Watch video footage below.

Alternate video here.

Bam Bam, Betty White’s Beloved Bear Friend, Has Died

Bam Bam, a bear who endeared himself to the legendary Betty White in 2018, has died. The administrator of Betty White’s popular Facebook page broke the heartbreaking news to her millions of fans on June 13, writing:

Returning from hiatus with a bittersweet post. This boy has been reunited with this lady, who loved him so dearly. 🌈🌈🌈 Bam Bam was just a spectacular creature. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved him. ❤️❤️

According to The Mirror, Bam Bam and Betty met while filming The First Lady of Television documentary. The bear’s death comes just six months after Betty White, well known for her deep love of animals, passed away just shy of her 100th birthday.

In the documentary she commented on her passion for animals:

“That’s my life. The reason I work, the reason I do anything is for my love for animals.”

 

Twitter User Says His Clever Horse Pretends To Sleep To Avoid Being Ridden

A Twitter user claims that his clever horse has figured out how to avoid being ridden, and a photo of the slumbering horse has captured the heart of social media. On June 12, Twitter user Jim Rose Circus Tweeted a photo of a horse named Sugar, explaining how she avoids having people on her back.

Over 482,000 people have liked the photo and more than 42,000 people have retweeted it. Some people Tweeted photos of their own pets staging some sort of protest.

And others shared personal stories about how their horse got rid of riders when they were “done.”

Or videos of horses spotted resting, with signs letting people know that they weren’t dead:

The playful Tweet that garnered so much attention was thwarted by one person who found the same photo of “Sugar” elsewhere, stating that it was actually a stock image of a sleeping horse. Regardless, the original Tweet was well-received by Twitter users…even if it wasn’t completely legit.

Johns Hopkins Researcher Loses License That Allowed Owls To Be Tortured In Experiments

A Johns Hopkins University researcher will no longer be allowed to conduct cruel experiments on owls after a license was revoked following a complaint from PETA. According to a news release from PETA, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) has revoked the permit that allowed JHU experimenter Shreesh Mysore to carry out pointless attention deficit disorder (ADHD) experiments on owls.

PETA started a campaign against Mysore’s ADHD research, pointing out that the invasive experiments “contributed nothing to treatments for humans.”

The animal-welfare agency revealed what the owls were subjected to in the experiments, that took place allegedly without proper permits, between 2015 and 2018:

(the experiments involved) cutting into barn owls’ skulls, implanting electrodes in their brains, forcing the birds into plastic tubes or jackets so cramped that they can’t move their wings, clamping their eyes open, and bombarding them with sounds and lights for up to 12 hours.

PETA Vice President Shalin Gala issued a statement following the victory:

“Now that Mysore has literally lost his license to kill, owls will no longer die for experiments that leave them brain-damaged and suffering. This should end the atrocity on owls, and PETA is calling on NIH and Johns Hopkins to make it official.”

Read more here.

 

Four Ailing Big Cats Saved From Defunct Roadside Zoo In Oklahoma

A coordinated rescue effort between California’s Oakland Zoo, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR, and Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Alpine, CA, led to the removal of four big cats from a defunct roadside zoo in Oklahoma.

According to a release from the Oakland Zoo, an elderly, arthritic lion that required immediate medical attention, a tiger hybrid in “poor condition,” with a badly infected tooth, and two “lean” tigers, were secured from the abandoned roadside attraction on June 10.

The Oakland Zoo headed up the rescue effort after being contacted for help by a concerned Oklahoma resident last month. Nik Dehejia, CEO, Oakland Zoo, said:

“For the past thirty years, we’ve fully committed Oakland Zoo’s tiger habitat as a sanctuary for tigers victimized by the circus, roadside zoo, private ownership, and cub-petting industries. Those tigers need help, and we can provide that help while educating the public about the dangers of animal exploitation practiced in those industries. When a concerned Oklahoma resident called us to help these big cats, who have endured so much suffering, there was no question that we would step in and give them the homes and care they deserve, at Oakland Zoo and our partnering sanctuaries, for the remainder of their lives.”

Tanya Smith, President and Founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, added:

“These big cats were living in small, filthy enclosures. Shelter was provided but was terribly weathered and rotten. Aside from some good Samaritans, they were left alone, fed inconsistently, and needed veterinary care. We’re so relieved to provide new homes to these animals and help them thrive.”

Bobbi Brink, founder and director of Lions Tigers & Bears, commented on the cruelty of the cub petting industry:

“There are major red flags that show these animals were victims of the cub petting industry. These cats were declawed and in poor health and living conditions. Most likely, they were bred to be photo props, and once they grew too big and couldn’t be profitable, they were abandoned. We’re the animals’ voices, and we need to work toward education and legislation, because each animal rescued makes a difference.”

The defunct roadside zoo and its owner reportedly had ties to “Tiger King” star, Joe Exotic.