This has been a busy couple of weeks for animal news. Topics are trending faster than most people can keep up with them. Animal news seems to be all the rage from the common to the bizarre. There have been usual species found, escapes, births, and other wild stories from around the globe. In case you have missed some of the stories, we bring you the highlights in this week in animal news.
This Week in Animal News
Birth at the Dallas Zoo
An uplifting story was announced this week from the Dallas Zoo, as one of the African elephants transported from Swaziland a few months ago gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The elephants were rescued from a severe drought area of Swaziland and arrived in the United States and sent to various zoos around the country. The elephants were extremely malnourished and may have not survived in their homeland. So, it was with great excitement to find that one of the female elephants, Mlilo, which arrived at the Dallas Zoo was expecting, and last week, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Momma and son are doing well, continue to grow, and remain off exhibit as they bond with each other and adjust to their new home.
You can read more about this amazing story here, as we covered this story in more detail in a separate blog.
Nile Crocodiles Show Up in Florida
And no one knows how they got there. The African species of crocodiles appeared alongside native populations in Florida swamps this week. The man eating crocodiles can grow up to eighteen feet and have been responsible for over 100 deaths in their native land in the past few years. It is unclear how the crocs arrived in Florida, and it is unclear how long they have been there or how many may possibly have yet to be found.
The assumption, as usually is the case, is that the crocodiles are a result of irresponsible pet owners who brought the animals into the country at some point. Exotic species (meaning in this context, non-native species) can pose an ecological threat to the environment and can disrupt native species and in some cases wipe out native species. Usually, these types of events are found with smaller animals- snakes, insects, pests… but not usually giant crocodiles!
You can read more about the crocodiles here… http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/21/african-nile-crocodiles-captured-florida
Suicidal Man Jumps into Lion Exhibit… Survives
Another viral story this week comes to us from the Santiago Zoo, in Chile, where a suicidal man jumps into a lion exhibit. The result, with outrage from many, was that the man was tranquilized, and saved, while the animals were killed in order to protect the man. The tranquilizer dart was intended for the lions, but hit the man instead. The result was that zoo officials then opened fire on the animals leading to a horrific death, in front of spectators during a busy holiday zoo day. The beloved lions did not survive.
Read more here… http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/22/two-zoo-lions-shot-and-killed-after-mauling-suicidal-naked-man