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#1 Old 03-19-2004, 06:50 AM
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Police yesterday shot and killed a gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at the Dallas Zoo and injured three people.



One adult and two children, ages 10 and 2, suffered minor injuries from the gorilla and were taken to area hospitals, Deputy Police Chief Daniel Garcia said. He said the three were bitten and scratched.





The zoo was evacuated after the animal escaped and police were notified. When the gorilla charged two officers, getting within 15 feet of them, they opened fire, Garcia said.



"We were forced to put this animal down," he said.



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One adult and two children, ages 10 and 2, suffered minor injuries from the gorilla and were taken to area hospitals, Deputy Police Chief Daniel Garcia said. He said the three were bitten and scratched.



If the gorilla bit someone, was he then no longer a vegetarian?
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I started to say that, but thought somebody might have kittens if I did.



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I'm so pissed this even happened. And, of course, the impression people get is that the zoo is unsafe for people... when they should be learning that the zoo is unsafe (and unfit) for animals.
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It really made me mad when I read this story.

What do people expect? Wild Animals belong in the Wild not in Captivity.

Kids were taunting this Gorilla. He was prob fed up with people staring and pointing to him all the time.

The only consulation I can give myself is now he is at peace, he does not live in the confinement of a zoo anymore.
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The gorilla's name was Jabari He was born at the Toronto zoo. I've actually been following this gorilla's story for a couple of years, just out of interest.

This is really a sad end
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My wife had just left there a couple of hours earlier. She had taken her kindergarten class there for a field trip. Needless to say, when I heard the news I made sure to call her and verify that she had already left
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The gorilla's name was Jabari. ... This is really a sad end



Despite making the joke earlier in this thread, I agree that it is a sad end. Thanks also for giving us the gorilla's name, which was strangely absent from the news account.



I guess one question that came to mind was whether zoos have plans for dealing with escaped animals. The story mentioned a gorilla at the Boston Zoo named Little Joe (no relation) that escaped and was shot with tranquillizer darts and recaptured. Now, if they could do that in Boston, why couldn't they do that in Dallas?
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my understanding was that it was attempted with no avail. The ape charged the police and with that I feel (and they did too, I guess) that they were left without options
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http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/8235861.htm police shot him because a tranq gun wasn't avalible. It seems like the dallas zoo wasn't prepared to deal with a situation like this. it is preatty sad.
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Biting? That must have been nibbling at most.
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http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/8235861.htm police shot him because a tranq gun wasn't avalible. It seems like the dallas zoo wasn't prepared to deal with a situation like this. it is preatty sad.



Thanks very much for this URL.



The story is very strange, in many respects. It talks about needing to shoot the animal "before a tranquilizer gun could be obtained." That sounds very ambiguous. Did the zoo have such a gun on hand? Or were they going to have to get it from someplace else--like another zoo or vets office or someother place off-site?



It also says the cops shot the gorilla with rifles. This suggests to me much more willingness to be prepared in advance to shoot the animal than if they had used handguns.



And while the zoo director says the zoo did nothing wrong, still "Because of the circumstances surrounding Jabari's death, Buickerood said it will be nearly impossible to replace him." That doesn't quite add up. If other zoos will not sell gorillas to the Dallas zoo after the incident, that tells me that something is wrong.
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<Irritated> Of course it will be impossible to replace him. They shot him. One gorilla does not = any other gorilla.
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Biting? That must have been nibbling at most.



Nibbling? He bit a 3 year-old child's chest and punctured his lung. That doesn't sound much like nibbling.

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Nibbling? He bit a 3 year-old child's chest and punctured his lung. That doesn't sound much like nibbling.



Where does this come from? The original post says all three persons suffered minor injuries.
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Where does this come from? The original post says all three persons suffered minor injuries.



The Today Show interview with the toddler's mother and father as well as other articles easily found on the net.



http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=1722824



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Rivers Noah suffered a series of horrific bites and a collapsed lung in the frenzied attack

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004131188,00.html



As of March 20, Rivers Heard was still in the hospital in fair condition after being "nibbled".

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<Irritated> Of course it will be impossible to replace him. They shot him. One gorilla does not = any other gorilla.



I don't think that that is what the zoo director meant. I think he meant that no other zoo would now sell or give the Dallas zoo a Western Lowlands gorilla.
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Oh, I know he meant getting another gorilla, I just don't like the implication that if one animal dies that it can simply be replaced with another, problem solved. An animal is a unique being, just as a human is.
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Nibbling? He bit a 3 year-old child's chest and punctured his lung. That doesn't sound much like nibbling.





I feel bad for the kid but it still doesn't make this incident the gorilla's fault. At least he's better off now than locked in a damn zoo.



And no tranquilizer gun at the zoo?!? Can these idiots possibly get fined for this, because they should be, at the least.



Edit: By "idiots" I mean zoo officials, not the police.
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And no tranquilizer gun at the zoo?!? Can these idiots possibly get fined for this, because they should be, at the least.



Another newspaper report said that there was a tranquillizer gun, but whomever was using it could not get a clear shot. Therefore the police had to be called in.



Unclear which account is accurate.
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I feel bad for the kid but it still doesn't make this incident the gorilla's fault. At least he's better off now than locked in a damn zoo.



And no tranquilizer gun at the zoo?!? Can these idiots possibly get fined for this, because they should be, at the least.



Edit: By "idiots" I mean zoo officials, not the police.



I didn't say that it was the gorillas fault. I believe it is the fault of people who take magnificent wild animals and keep them in tiny habitats as spectacle.



However, I thought it was worth mentioning that the gorilla did more than simply "nibble" on someone. The attack was extremely physically and emotionally traumatic for at least one of the victims.



I don't condone the zoo's lack of preparedness and contingency plans for such an event. I am sorry the animal was killed.



But in all fairness to the victims of the attack, who by all accounts were not the teenaged patrons who taunted the gorilla and were, in fact, innocent bystanders - I thought it was worth being honest about the attack.

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