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Showing posts with label Japanese zoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japanese zoo. Show all posts

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Going To The Maul

Not just limited to Siegfried and Roy, a Japanese zookeeper has been mauled to death at the Hirakawa Zoo in Kagoshima this past Monday.

I know I shouldn’t make light of stuff like this, but we are talking about a wild animal that shouldn’t be kept in a zoo.

Yes… I’ve been to zoos, and enjoyed having tea opportunity to see such creatures, but I honestly believe that we shouldn’t cage such creatures. Keep’em in a wildlife preserve, sure, or in the wild where we know they aren’t liable to kill people or us liable to eliminate their domain.

Riu the white tiger—a natural genetic mutation of the more common orange and black version Bengal tiger—mauled Furusho Akira, 40, in its enclosure.

The male five-year-old Riku was born at the zoo, weighs 374 pounds and stands 1.8 meters in length.

Usually, when a death like this happens at a zoo, the animal is euthanized, but Furusho’s family asked they spare the animal, knowing how much the deceased loved the creature.

Awww. Now I feel like a jerk for making those jokes at the top of the article.

It is suspected that Furusho may have been trying to move the tiger between two cages when the attack occurred. Rules say no one is supposed to enter an enclosure until an animal has been moved.

Furusho’s neck was badly mauled, and was still alive when found, but died soon after arriving in the hospital.  

"When we found him, he was lying in the tiger's bedroom. There was blood on the ground," said Hirakawa zoo officialYamamoto Toshiaki  (surname first), according to Reuters. "It seems like he was bitten, then dragged around the room."

It is estimated that there are now several hundred of the white tigers in captivity—all born in captivity, in fact—with zero such animals in the wild. No white tigers have been seen in the wild since one was shot in 1958.

The Hirakawa zoo is home to four white tigers.

Andrew Joseph  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Keeping Bloodlines Pure, 57 Monkeys Are Killed

Is this for real?

According to multiple news sources, including the BBC and Japan Times, it is reported that a Japanese zoo euthanized 57 snow monkeys because of impure bloodlines.

If it sounds like something straight out of Nazi Germany, it kind of is.

Here’s what these media outlets are saying: Takagoyama Nature Zoo in Futtsu-shi (Futtsu City) Chiba-ken (Chiba Prefecture) euthanized 57 snow monkeys at its facility (by lethal injection), after discovering that the monkey’s carried genes from an “invasive alien species.”

Apparently these 57 monkeys had been crossbred the with the non-indigenous (aka non-Japanese) monkey breed the Rhesus macaque and the native Japanese macaque (which is known by the Japanese name of Nihonzaru).

The culling took place at the zoo over a one-month period ending in early February 2017.

The Rhesus macaque is banned under Japanese law, and since its laws do not allow for the possession or transportation of any invasive species—including anything crossbred—the zoo figured it was better to kill the monkeys rather than give them to a zoo in another country.

Do Japanese zoos only have Japanese animals?

If not… like it might have a penguin, for example… is that not a so-called ‘invasive species’… why is that okay to possess and have transported into the country?

In a chat with AFP, conservation group WWF Japan spokesperson Mima Junkichi (surname first) pretty much said the culling was okay “because they get mixed in with indigenous animals and threaten the natural environment and ecosystem.”

Japan Environment Ministry’s Office for Alien Species Management also indicated to local media that the killing of 57 monkeys was unavoidable because there were fears they might escape and reproduce in the wild.

Of course, the Environment Ministry also says that an exception could have been made, had the zoo applied for permission to keep the crossbred monkeys…

Ever wonder how those monkeys crossbred? No, I’m sure some of you know he whole birds-and-the-bee thing… but rather… how did the alien species - Rhesus macaque get into a zoo where the Japanese Nihonzaru snow monkeys frolic?

The Takagoyama Nature Zoo is an open-concept zoo - not caged… so it was very possible that the Rhesus macaque—that has a habitat in China and Southeast Asia, could come across (no pun intended… maybe just a little) the Japanese species within the area.

Did you know that a Japanese Buddhist temple held a memorial service for the 57 dead monkeys? Do half-breed monkeys even have a soul? And if they do, were these monkeys followers of Buddhist philosophy?

Yes… an official at the zoo reportedly did have the Buddhist temple perform a memorial service for the 57 Ronin… er, 57 monkeys. I suppose it’s a nice thought.

The Takagoyama Nature Zoo STILL has 164 snow monkeys it believes are pure Japanese macaque.

“This is a Japanese monkey!”

The above statement will hopefully amuse anyone who has been in Japan, and has seen how proud the Japanese are to explain that such-and-such is of Japanese origin.

It will continue its due diligence to ensure the Japanese snow monkey breed will remain pure.

So… for all you gaijin/foreigners in Japan… think twice before you ask that Japanese guy or gal out on a date.

Andrew Joseph
PS: I questioned the veracity of this story because Japan killing these monkeys just seemed so unnecessary… but apparently it’s true.
PPS: Image at very top found on Wikipedia: by Yblieb showing Snow Monkeys in a hot water spa in Nagano, Japan.PPPS: Here's a 1982 video from Peter Gabriel called Shock The Monkey. Gabriel was previously a mainstay in the group Genesis.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chimp Makes Monkey Of Japanese During Daring Escape From Zoo

While not quite Planet of the Apes-like, things got pretty hairy last week in Sendai after a chimpanzee escaped from Yagiyama Zoological Park.

Not quite every which way but loose, on April 14, 2016, Chacha, a 24-year-old male chimp, found a hole in a fence and made his escape that would have made the lads stuck in Stalag Luft III (The Great Escape) proud.

Spoiler Alert:
But, like damn near everyone in that movie, Chacha was found surrounded by the dirty Boche (Why am I thinking of Hogan’s Heroes?)… anyhow… I mean after Chacha climbed atop a hydro pole, zoo workers tried to get the chimp down.

Check out that fierce image above from AP… holy crap. Ape shall never kill ape, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t kill humans.

Obviously not wanting to go back to his “home” back at the zoo, that very brave or stupid zoo worker in the cherry picker shot Chacha with a tranquilizer arrow.

Of course… it wasn’t an instantaneous knock out shot… no… Chacha began scampering along the wires…

Chacha pulled the arrow out… but then the sedative kicked in… and dangling from the electrical wire, the now unconscious chimpanzee fell headfirst …

… into a large blanket below held by a dozen zoo workers. 

Chacha is okay, suffering minor bruises and cuts from his ordeal.

Andrew Joseph

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elephant Tramples Keeper To Death In Japan Zoo

There's a reason why wild animals are called wild animals.

A mother elephant stamper an elephant keeper to death on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Fuji Safari Park located near Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Inthavong Khamphone, had apparently watched the mother elephant give birth to a calf on October 14, 2012, and was trampled to death two days later after he tried to stop the mother from attacking her new-born.

Noble. Just not very smart. Elephants are not stupid creatures, but I would bet dollars to donuts that they sometimes go a little crazy, just as humans do.

According to local police, Kamphone, 30, who was from Laos: "... entered the cage with another keeper because the mother started attacking the baby. The mother then started attacking Khamphone." 

Khamphone died after the two-tonne elephant stood on his chest.

Khamphone, an elephant specialist, had apparently come over from Laos with the same mother elephant  this past July.

My big question is... are there elephants in Laos? Holy crap! There are. Apparently Laos was so famous for the number of Asian elephants, it was nicknamed Prathet Lane Xane (Land of a Million Elephants). Sadly, there are now suspected to be about 700 left in the wild. 

I had never even heard of the Asian elephant. I had only heard of the African and Indian elephants.

Apparently, there is the familiar large-eared African elephant species; African Forest Elephant species; Asian Elephant species (small ears). Got that?

Okay... there are two sub-species of African elephant: African Bush; African Savanna; and the extinct North African subspecies.

There are no sub-species of African Forest elephant.

As for the sub-species of Asian elephant, there are four, possibly five sub-species of the Asian elephant (Indian; Sri Lanken; Sumatran; Borneo or Asian Pygmy; with the Laos Elephant, also known as the Vietnam Elephant which is undergoing testing to see if it is an actual sub-species or not).

And, FYI, two sub-species of Asian elephant are now extinct: Chinese elephant (14th century BC) and the Syrian elephant (~100BC).

Anyhow... now you know a lot about elephants. Never try to break up a fight between elephants is very important knowledge to know.

As for the photo above... that is NOT the elephant and calf mentioned in the story.

As for the brave man who cared about the welfare of that baby elephant... your heart was in the right place.

Andrew Joseph