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Zoo Worker Fatally Mauled by Tiger in England

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALTON-IN-FURNESS, England) -- A zoo worker at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in England's Lake District has died after being attacked by a tiger on Friday.

The victim, 24-year-old Sarah McClay, was described as a very experienced member of staff who had worked with big cats and was proficient and passionate about her job.

McClay was attacked around 4 p.m., according to BBC News.

“She was doing the job she absolutely loved,” said South Lakes Wild Animal park owner David Gill.

No one knows why she walked into the enclosure which was home to the Sumatran tiger that attacked and killed her.

"We will never know why she entered without telling anyone. There was no reason for her to go in there," Gill said.

BBC News reports that police investigating the incident are focusing on "the management of dangerous animals,” and that the park’s "systems and protocols" were being reviewed, according to a statement.

Safety protocols preventing workers from coming into contact with the dangerous animals apparently failed, and are being looked into.

The tiger, which had lived at the park for 10 years since it was a cub, will not be destroyed.

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Kitten Taken In by Baboon at Israeli Zoo

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At a petting zoo in Israel, a baboon has adopted a tiny kitten who recently strayed into its cage and then refused to leave.

The baboon now cares for the kitten, rarely letting the feline out of her sight.

Zoo officials told local news website Walla that although the baboon is caring for the cat as it would its own infant, the two are a complex pair that do not always get along. Often the baboon can be seen stealing the kitten’s food, officials said. If that thievery continues, the pals will have to be separated, the zoo’s manager told Walla News.

Until then, the unlikely pair will continue to enjoy each other’s company.


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Australian Zoo Keeper Stable After Elephant Attack

Jupiterimages/ -- An Australian zoo keeper is in critical but stable condition after she was crushed by a three-ton elephant during a training exercise.

The elephant, known as “Mr. Shuffles,” challenged veteran zoo keeper Lucy Melo, 40, on Friday at the Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney.

“The elephant pinned her up against one of the fence poles…and [colleagues] came in, moved the elephant away and called the ambulance immediately,” said zoo director Cameron Kerr.

When paramedics arrived, Melo was able to speak and briefly asked what happened before she went into cardiac arrest, said ambulance service spokesperson Andrew Wood.

The zoo keeper, who is a nine-year veteran of the park, is recovering at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

On Saturday, Mr. Shuffles and the elephant herd were described as calm and well.  Zoo officials said they would resume usual activities.

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In Japan, Rogue Penguins Break Out of Zoo Yet Again

ABC News(TOKYO) -– Some pesky penguins in the Japanese city of Suzaka are acting like characters in a Madagascar movie and are giving zookeepers quite the headache with their repeated attempts to break free.

A pair of 3-month-old chicks from Suzaka Zoo first escaped earlier this month by jumping off a slide. Zookeepers responded by attaching boards to the foot of the slide, but two days later another chick got out by crawling under the fence, according to Japanese media reports. Keepers responded a second time, by sealing off the bottom of the fence.

Early this morning, that same bird made yet another successful escape by hopping over the fence. Zookeepers spotted it swimming in a nearby pond a few hours later.

Zoo officials say they plan to keep the four young penguins in an indoor cage with concrete walls and nets, for now.

Japan is no stranger to rogue birds. Earlier this year, a Humboldt penguin known only as “Penguin 337″ made a daring escape from a Tokyo aquarium and managed to elude capture for 82 days. He was eventually captured in Tokyo Bay.

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Gorilla Brothers' Heartfelt Reunion Captured on Camera

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Family blood runs deep, even when you’re a gorilla, as the joyful reunion of two gorilla brothers at a safari park in London proves true.

The brothers – Kesho, 13, and younger brother, Alf, 9 – had not seen each other for two years after being separated in 2010 so that Kesho, a silverback gorilla, could be part of a breeding program at the London Zoo, the BBC reports.

When Kesho proved to be infertile, the brothers were given a second chance to live together.

Both gorillas were sent to the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England, to live in the park’s new nearly $5 million gorilla enclosure built to house the over-population of males in the breeding program.

[ VIEW SLIDESHOW: Gorilla Brothers' Heartfelt Reunion Captured on Camera ]

Their reunion, all captured on camera, was one for the family record books.  Kesho and Alf put on a display of hugs, shoulder slaps, squeezes and general all-out affection once they saw each other.

“They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated them,” Longleat zookeeper Mark Tye said, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.  “We put them together 24 hours later and it was like they had never been apart.”

“They were very animated and there was a lot of rough and tumble on the floor, but not in an aggressive way,” he said.  “It is quite unusual to see that sort of childlike behavior in a silverback.”

Not even an extra 200 pounds on Kesho, gained during his reproductive duties, could throw Alf from recognizing his brother.

“The keepers from Dublin weren’t entirely sure the brothers would even know each other, but the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes,” Tye said.

Though not captured on camera, the brothers had another reunion as well. Also joining them at their new home is their younger brother, six-year-old Evindi, according to the BBC.

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Fake Rhino On the Attack at Tokyo Zoo

plusphoto/a.collectionRF (TOKYO) -- If a rhino ever escapes its enclosure at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, staffers will be ready.

Such was the purpose of an emergency drill Wednesday in which two employees dressed up in a rhino prop and pretended to run rampant through the facility. As visitors watched -- and BBC cameras rolled -- the life-sized faux rhino was eventually overtaken by nets and fake tranquilizer darts.

Zoo officials say after the earthquake that rocked Fukishima, they weren't taking any chances with animals getting loose in the chaos of a natural disaster.

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Toronto Zoo’s ‘Gay’ Penguins Attracted to New Female Partners

File photo. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(TORONTO) -- It looks like Buddy and Pedro, the Toronto Zoo’s “gay” penguins that captured hearts all over the world, may have moved on to new female mates.

The formerly inseparable pair are apparently warming up to their new female partners, the zoo said in a statement Monday, according to the Toronto Star.

Buddy was paired with a female penguin named Farai on Nov. 19 and exhibited typical breeding behavior. Pedro was set up with female penguins on Dec. 1 and has been interacting with them, but has not yet formed a solid bond, according to the Star.

The zoo drew public outcry in November when they announced that the male penguins would be separated and paired with female penguins for mating.

Buddy, 21, and Pedro, 10, lived in a zoo in Toledo, Ohio, before traveling to Canada to become part of the Toronto Zoo’s first African penguin exhibit in 18 years.

Zookeepers quickly observed courtship and mating behaviors that are typically exhibited only between males and females.

“When you put things in captivity, odd things happen,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., told ABC News. “The way penguins work is they do get paired for a long time. Basically, the only other penguin they care about is their mate, so it’s important for them to find somebody who’s compatible, and if you don’t have a normal upbringing then it’s difficult to say how ‘normal’ they can be.”

The zoo had planned to reunite Buddy and Pedro after breeding season, but no word yet on whether this flame will be rekindled or have an icy ending.

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Giant Pandas Touch Down in Japan, Launch Panda-Monium

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (file)(TOKYO) -- Japan pulled out all the stops Monday to welcome a pair of giant pandas from China. To say Japan is excited about its newest residents would be an understatement: panda flags lined the streets near Tokyo's Ueno Zoo -- the new home to the cuddly bears -- and the creatures even arrived in a plane painted to look like a panda. Restaurants throughout Japan's capital served up panda-themed dishes, while cafes frothed their lattes with panda designs.

Five-year-old male Bili and female Xiannu will fill a huge void left by Ling Ling, Ueno Zoo's last panda. The 22-year-old died of heart failure in 2008 -- after living the equivalent of 70 human years.

The new Tokyo residents are on lease from China for $950,000 a year, a giant price tag for the Tokyo municipal government. But the potential payoff could be huge: the bears are expected to rake in $240 million a year, giving the local economy a boost.

It's welcome news for a zoo that's seen the number of visitors decline from 3.5 million to 3 million a year since Ling Ling's death.

Japanese leaders also see a big payoff in the latest panda diplomacy. The Chinese imports come at a time when Sino-Japanese tensions are high, amid an ongoing territorial spat over disputed islands in southern Japan. Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet hopes the bears will help smooth relations with China.

The public will get their first glimpse of the bears when the zoo unveils them late next month.

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