When Love Bites
When the animals we love and care turn against us, they often lose their lives, too.
he amazing abilities of animal trainers in handling wild creatures are fascinating for many people. Whether it is elephant, monkey, dog, dolphin, or alligator, these animal trainers are incredibly at risk. They probably follow their passion for the love of these creatures, more so than for fame or fortune.
The most recent case was on April 23rd, 2008. Stephan Miller was killed by his grizzly, Rocky, who was known as “one of the most gentle and affectionate animals” in Hollywood. Rocky is the star in Will Ferrell’s movie Semi-Pro, and he is awaiting his faith after the death of his trainer.
An orca whale attacked its trainer, Ken Peter at Sea World. Fortunately, the trainer only suffered a broken bone in his left foot. The orca whale is known as Kasatka, and for more than a decade they had worked together, she had attacked Peter only two times.
Two year earlier, Kasatka’s father, killed his trainer during a show in Canada, at Sealand of the Pacific.
Another trainer at the Loro Parque was attacked by an orca at a pre-show warm up in Puerto de la Cruz. She was dragged down to the bottom of the pool, and was rescued by two colleagues. The whale injured the trainer’s right lung, and broke her forearm in two places.
Arna the Stardust Circus Elephant killed trainer Ray William who has worked with her for three years. He suffered “a broken back and a ruptured aorta”, and died from “severe blunt drama”. It is said that if the elephant killed once, often will kill again.
In 1974, 1983, and 1987, an elephant named Abu from Ashton Circus killed three workers. Arna and her partner Gigi (who had been Abu’s partner before sold to Stardust Circus), are retired at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo after the incident.
In another case, an elephant named Poabson Unnikrishnan, turned wild when a spectator touched its tusk, killing three people at Koodalmanikya Temple in Irinjalakuda, Kerala, in Southern India.
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Three lions, Pearl (a lioness), Rudi and Sultan (males) attacked their tamer, Geoffrey Lennon, in front of an audience at a Lennon Bros Circus performance in 2001. Although the lion tamer was seriously injured, he survived the attack by the rescue effort of fellow-trainers who used fire extinguishers to tame down the lions.
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A zoo keeper at the accredited Denver Zoo was killed by a jaguar named Jorge on February 24th, 2007. It is an occupational hazard that is accepted by animal trainers, handlers, and keepers.
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An owner was found dead in the cage with her nine half-wolves, and half-dogs that she was devoted in raising. The 50-year-old lady was bled to death, and the nine wolf-dogs were euthanized later.
Most Recent Attacks
On Thursday, June 26th, 2008, a golden lab mix and Australia shepherd mix, mauled and killed their owner. The 74 year-old lady, Lorraine May, was bit on the face, head, shoulders, and arms. By Saturday, the dogs were euthanized.
This macaque monkey, Chico, had bit three people after escaping from its owner, and was scheduled for euthanized for rabies testing. Dr. Larry Jecha made the decision to euthanized Chico when the three victims didn’t want to pay for expensive rabies vaccine, and the owner failed to response.
These are just some of the sad stories in this world. Our fascination and desire to befriend with these creatures have caused them to lose their lives, as for some of their owners/trainers.