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Old 08-21-2006, 11:22 PM
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That pisses me off how an animal has to pay for a human's stupidity. It should be common sense not to touch wild animals. Most zoo animals aren't tame like most people think. Even the seemingly tame ones aren't always friendly. I guess they had to euthanize the animals otherwise mommy and daddy would've sued the zoo for housing wild animals.

I've interned as a zookeeper at the zoo and have seen a lot of stupidity among people. The stupidest being that a little girl lost her sandal in the tiger exhibit. She had to have been held up above the bars for that to happen. What if she was accidentally dropped in? People should really think about their actions.

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Old 08-22-2006, 07:52 AM
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OK, OK, it's been a few days since I caught up with this thread, but Jester, that was one hell of a GREAT post.
Thank you. It was suggested that I submit it to the Minneapolis paper, but as I wrote that a good two weeks after the story broke, figured they wouldn't bother with it.
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:34 PM
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Hi, I thought some of you guys might want to see some of the photos I took before the animals were taken off. I was at the zoo around that time when she was bitten.






When I go back to take more pictures, Ill take some of the pen they are in.
I'm 5'9 and would have a hard time reaching down to pet the animals. Im suprised no one noticed this girl pokin around in there..

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:45 PM
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Awww, those meerkats were so cute. (sigh)
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:55 PM
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...aren't those critters prairie dogs? Meerkats have black markings around their eyes, and their backs are spotted. Prairie dogs are pretty darned cute, though.

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Old 09-02-2006, 01:26 AM
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http://wcco.com/local/local_story_216072203.html

I found an article with a video showing the actual route the child took. The *reporter* had trouble, I'm wondering if the 9 year old had help.

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Old 09-02-2006, 06:25 AM
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Who knows? I personally think that the 9 year could've found another way in. I still can't get over the fact that the parents didn't want their child to get shots. There's worse things that can happen, like an angry mob of zookeepers.
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:03 AM
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...aren't those critters prairie dogs? Meerkats have black markings around their eyes, and their backs are spotted. Prairie dogs are pretty darned cute, though.
Yeah, I think they are. Meerkats are kind of skinny.

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Old 09-02-2006, 08:39 PM
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Those are definitely prairie dogs. Meerkats are longer, skinnier and more weaselly/ferretish in appearance; like Librarybabe said, they have masklike markings on their faces - they have stripes, not spots on their backs, though.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:42 PM
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http://www.omahazoo.com/featured/mee...s/meerkats.jpg

Those are meerkats. Big pic so linked not posted.
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