Entries in Bronx Zoo (8)


Man Critical After Jumping into Bronx Zoo Tiger Den

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A man is in critical condition after apparently jumping off an electric monorail ride and over an electric fence into the tiger den at the Bronx Zoo Friday afternoon.

The man, who the zoo said is about 25 years old had injuries consistent with a tiger attack, including puncture wounds to his back, a broken arm and a broken ankle, the New York Police Department told ABC News.

The zoo released a statement Friday saying the man jumped off the Wild Asia Monorail ride he was on, cleared the tiger exhibit's perimeter fence, and ended up in the tiger habitat.

"Our emergency response staff immediately went to the site and used a CO2 fire extinguisher to move the tiger away from the person," the statement read. "Once the tiger backed off, the man was instructed to roll under a hot wire to safety. The keepers were able to call the tiger into its off-exhibit holding area and safely secured the animal."

The man was conscious and able to talk, the statement said, but was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where he is in critical condition.

A police official told ABC News the man leaped over two fences, including an electrified fence, in a single jump in order to get into the tiger habitat.

Asked if the man was emotionally disturbed, a police official said, "It certainly appears that way."

"The tiger was minding his own business," police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said, "up until the man cleared two sets of fences to get into the enclosure."

The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, the New York City Fire Department said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Authorities Investigating Fatal Bronx Zoo Crash

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Authorities are investigating the cause of Sunday's fatal crash on the Bronx River Parkway that killed seven family members.

Investigators say the van carrying four adults and three children swerved out of control and plunged 50 to 60 feet into the Bronx Zoo near 177th Street on Sunday. The victims were trapped inside the vehicle and died before rescue teams could save them, the New York City Fire Department and Emergency Management officials reported.

"We believe that the driver may have struck the jersey barrier," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told WABC-TV. "And reacting to striking that barrier, the driver makes a severe right-hand turn and goes over the side wall, which is a 60-foot drop."

The victims were identified by WABC-TV as Jacob Nunez, 85, Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both from the Dominican Republic; along with Maria Gonzalez,45, Maria Nunez, 39, Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10, Niely Rosario, 7, and Marly Rosario, 3. Officials are expected to release the official causes of death on Monday.

No zoo visitors or animals were injured, officials said.

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Car Plunges 50 to 60 Feet into Bronx Zoo; Seven Dead 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Seven people are dead after a van swerved out of control and plunged 50 to 60 feet into the Bronx Zoo, the New York City Fire Department and Emergency Management officials reported.

The midday road incident  trapped the victims inside their vehicle and they appeared to have died as rescue teams arrived at the scene on a parkway that swings by the zoo, a university and one of the nation’s most famous botanical gardens.

Initial reports are that the victims included four adults and three children.

No zoo visitors or animals were injured, officials said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Bronx Zoo Cobra: Mia Is Famous Snake's New Name 

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- New York's most famous cobra finally has a name: Mia. After asking for the public's help in naming the slippery Egyptian cobra that escaped from its home nearly two weeks ago before it was later recovered, the Bronx Zoo announced the name Thursday.

The name, inspired by the phrase "missing in action," was revealed on the website of the New York Daily News. The New York Daily News partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo, for the naming contest. About 60,000 people voted online for their favorite of five names, the zoo said.

The other options were Agnes (a reference to St. Agnes and Greek for "pure" or "holy"), Amaunet (the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess, meaning the "female hidden one"), Cleopatra (the last pharoah of Ancient Egypt who supposedly committed suicide by inducing an Egyptian cobra to bite her) and Subira (Egyptian for "patient").

Mia captured 27 percent of the vote, while its closest runners-up, Subira and Amaunet, received 24 percent and 20 percent, respectively. The five final names were chosen from about 34,000 submissions, the zoo said.

Fans of the newly named snake can see her for the first time Saturday, when the zoo reopens the Reptile House.

The deadly, 20-inch snake first caught the public's attention when it vanished from its home in the Bronx Zoo's Reptile House at the end of March.

"After learning the snake was missing yesterday afternoon, we immediately closed and secured the building as we took steps throughout the evening to recover the snake. Based on our knowledge of the natural history and behavior of snakes, we know they seek closed-in spaces and are not comfortable in open areas," the zoo said in a March 26 statement.

Zoo officials found the reptile curled up in the corner of the Reptile House less than a week later but not before the cobra inspired an anonymous Twitter account detailing the snake's imaginary adventures as it toured Manhattan.

"If you want to find me, I right in front of the original Ray's Pizza," said one tweet.

"Leaving Wall Street. These guys make my skin crawl. #snakeonthetown," said another.

As an April Fools' Day prank, the person behind @BronxZoosCobra, who now has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter, even managed to "hack" into Ryan Seacrest's Twitter feed and homepage.

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Bronx Zoo Asks for Help In Naming Fugitive Cobra

Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society(NEW YORK) -- Julius Squeezer? Loosie? Perhaps Sssssamantha?

Those are just a few of the names Twitter users are suggesting for the venomous Egyptian cobra that alarmed and delighted New Yorkers when it escaped from its Bronx Zoo enclosure more than a week ago, before it was found Thursday following an intensive six-day search.

"The Bronx Zoo cobra captivated the city – and the world – with her escape. And now the slick serpent needs a name,” the New York Post says on its website. The Post joined the Bronx Zoo in announcing the contest.

The 20-foot-long female cobra built up a huge following on Twitter, where a mystery user set up a spoof account -- @BronxZoosCobra -- to document the imaginary escapades of the escaped reptile.

Users can submit suggestions to The winning name will be announced Thursday.

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Escaped Deadly Cobra Found after Days on the Loose

Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society(NEW YORK) -- The venomous Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra that alarmed and delighted New Yorkers when it escaped from its enclosure was found Thursday, ending a six-day search for the celebrated snake.

No zoo workers were injured. They described the outcome of the six-day search as "positive," according to WABC-TV.

The poisonous cobra disappeared from the zoo last Saturday and immediately became New York's newest and skinniest celebrity.

Zoo officials had insisted that the 20-foot-long female reptile -- whose species is native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula -- was contained within the Reptile House, which was closed to the public as soon as keepers noticed that the snake had gone on the lam.

The teenage cobra built up a huge following on Twitter, with nearly 200,000 followers, while it remained elusive. Since Monday, the Twitter account @BronxZoosCobra has tweeted the imaginary escapades of the escapee.

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Zoo Officials: Search for Missing Cobra Could Go on For Weeks

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images (file photo)(BRONX, N.Y.) -- Officials at New York's Bronx Zoo are still searching for the Egyptian cobra that went missing from its enclosure Friday.

Zoo officials say they are confident the snake is still in the Reptile House and have taken certain measures to track the its movement.  Now, they are just playing the waiting game.

“At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait,” Jim Breheny, senior vice president for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Bronx Zoo director, said in a statement.  “Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.”

The zoo’s Reptile House has been closed off since the 20-inch-long, pencil-thin snake was discovered missing from an off-exhibit enclosure Friday.

Breheny said staff members are conducting sweeping searches on a daily basis, but that it could be days or weeks before the snake is found due to the complexity of holding areas in the Reptile House.

Meanwhile, the snake’s popularity is growing in the social media world.  A joke Twitter account has popped up bearing the username “Bronx Zoo’s Cobra,” and already has over 30,000 followers.

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Egyptian Cobra Snake Goes Missing From Bronx Zoo

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images/File(NEW YORK) -- Officials at the Bronx Zoo in New York are frantically searching for one of their residents, a deadly Egyptian cobra snake, which has gone missing from the zoo.

Officials say the zoo’s Reptile House was closed Friday after staff realized that the 20-inch-long snake was missing from an off-exhibit enclosure. The zoo issued a statement saying that once it was discovered that the snake was missing, the building was immediately sealed off and workers took steps to try to locate the animal.

Officials say based on the natural history and behavior of snakes, the adolescent Egyptian cobra is likely to seek closed-in spaces, as snakes are not comfortable in open areas. The zoo’s staff say they are confident that the snake is contained in an isolated non-public area of the building, and workers will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the public.

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