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Monday, February 29, 2016

From the News: Lion Shot Dead After Escaping Zoo Enclosure

It's every zookeeper's worst nightmare... and a sobering reminder about why firearms training and escape drills are essential (and, for those of us accredited by the AZA, required).  No one ever wants to wind up in a situation like this (well, almost no one... I'll admit I have known a few adrenaline junkies who, as new keepers, seemed to think situations like this would be the norm).  Heartfelt condolences to the Papanack Zoo staff.  It's a hard call to make as it is without having to second guess yourself constantly.

African white lion male
An adult male African white lion (not the animal seen above) was killed on Sunday after it escaped its enclosure. (The Associated Press)

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