October 19, 2011

Lions in Colorado Zoo     Photo: Drew Avery/flickr

Ohio Police Hunt Escaped Exotic Animals

Lions, tigers, bears all missing. Oh my.

Police in Ohio have shot and killed dozens of large, carnivorous animals, including lions, tigers, and grizzly bears after the owner of an exotic animal farm set the animals free and then killed himself on Wednesday. Police found Terry Thompson dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after receiveing multiple reports of animals on the loose. Thompson's zoo included lions, cheetahs, tigers, wolves, giraffes, camels and grizzly bears.  "It's like Noah's arc wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio," said Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. Residents were warned to stay in their homes Thursday as police attempted to corral the remaining escapees, which include a mountain lion and a grizzly bear.

Read more at USA Today

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The Grünhorn, Bernese Alps     Photo: Johnw/Wikimedia Commons

Loretan's Girlfriend: I Caused Accident

Woman says she pulled alpinist to death

The girlfriend of the late Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan revealed this week that she was the climbing partner who slipped and pulled Loretan to his death. Loretan fell 650 feet from a ridge on the Grunhorn on April 28, his 52nd birthday. Media reports at the time said that he had been guiding a client up the mountain, and shed little light on why Loretan, who had climbed all 14 of the world's 8,000-feet mountains, fell on a comparatively easy climb. In an article for Le Temps, Xenia Minder said she fell backwards off the ridge, dragging Loretan with her. "I pulled the man I loved to his death," she said. "Nobody has ever considered that I may have been responsible for the accident."

Read more at The Telegraph

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Blackfeet Reservation, Montana     Photo: Acradenia/Flickr

Native American Activist Cobell Dies

Elouise Cobell won $3.4 billion settlement

Elouise Cobell, an activist who won a record $3.4-billion settlement from the federal government over mismanagement of Indian land, passed away on Sunday from uterine cancer. Cobell, 65, was the treasurer of the Blackfeet tribe in 1996 when she discovered that the government had failed to pay the tribe almost $50 billion in oil, gas, and grazing royalties. With the help of the Colorado-based Native American Rights Fund, Cobell sued the federal government in 1996, eventually winning a settlement in June.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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New River Gorge Bridge     Photo: James McCauley/Flickr

BASE Jumper Survives 876-ft Fall

Man hits water at 70mph after chute fails

A wing-suit BASE jumper fell 876 feet into Fayetteville, West Virginia's New River when his chute didn’t deploy during an annual bridge celebration on Saturday. Christopher Ryan Brewer, 27, is being treated for a broken pelvis and injuries to his spine and lungs after striking the water at between 60 and 80 miles per hour. Doctors say that he is in stable condition at the Charleston Area Medical Center. The New River Gorge Bridge Day featured 100,000 visitors and 450 BASE jumpers.

Read more at the Register-Herald

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Hammerhead shark     Photo: tzeca

Thousands of Sharks Killed off Colombia

In sanctuary, up to 2,000 sharks dead

Biologists studying sharks in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia stumbled across the slaughter of thousands of sharks in a 3,300-square-mile marine sanctuary. A team of Russian scientists saw a group of boats flying the Costa Rican flag appear near the small island of Malpelo. When the scientists investigated further they found thousands of dead hammerhead and whale sharks on the ocean floor. The sharks appeared to have been killed for their fins. Colombian and Costa Rican officials are investigating.

Read more at The Guardian

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