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Woman killed by caged lion in California died suddenly of broken neck

Woman killed by caged lion in California died suddenly of broken neck | *Animals* | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — A 24-year-old intern killed by an African lion at a California wildlife sanctuary died suddenly after the big cat broke her neck, a coroner said on Thursday as investigators probed why the worker had been inside the animal's enclosure.The Cat Haven sanctuary east of Fresno remained closed on Thursday, a day after Dianna Hanson was killed by a 350-lb male Barbary lion named Cous Cous that attacked her inside a pen. Hanson was from the Seattle area."The young lady did not suffer because she died almost instantly from a fractured neck," Fresno County Coroner Dr. David Hadden told Reuters.An autopsy conducted on Thursday showed bite and claw marks on Hanson from "the lion playing with the body like a cat would play with a mouse," Hadden said.

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Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals

Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals | *Animals* | Scoop.it

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A Bonita Springs man, Steven Trew, frustrated that the Everglades Wonder Gardens will soon close, broke into the zoo sometime early Monday morning, cut the locks on almost every cage and set many animals free, according to employees at the gardens. One deer was killed on Imperial Parkway, one deer is missing, but the rest of the creatures never left the zoo property and were returned to their cages by zoo staff. Employee Jack Wollman arrived at the Everglades Wonder Gardens at 5 a.m. Monday and found the back gate sawed open. When he got inside he noticed deer, pigs and birds were out of their cages. Wollman held the suspect, 58-year-old Steven Trew, until deputies from the Lee County Sheriff's office arrived. Trew has been arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary of a dwelling and damage to property with criminal mischief...

 

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khodge55's comment, April 23, 2013 7:50 PM
This is crazy and a little extreme. If this guy was upset that a zoo was closing he should have done something about it sooner. Not try to set all of the animals free, but tried to raise money for the animals or something of the sort. It's sad that an animal died in this mess and I hope that they find the other deer safe and sound.
Drew Fuchs's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:38 AM

If you are crazy enough to free wild animals into the world, you need some help. Also, you are putting everyone in the area in danger as well as him. Did he really think he was going to get away with this without gettting in trouble? 

 

MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 3:16 PM
Always a great idea to break/enter, free wild animals, and endanger the public. If my sarcasm wasn't evident, please note that I am not actually condoning this!