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Louisiana COVID deaths near 15K; 3 of 6 zoo lions infected

Dec. 29, 2021 17:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s COVID-19 death toll edged toward 15,000 on Wednesday, and the zoo in New Orleans said half of its lions had been diagnosed with the disease. Five deaths reported Wednesday brought the state total to 14,983. And hospitalizations, after doubling in...

Birmingham Zoo mourns death of Kwanza, an African lion

Nov. 23, 2021 16:27 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 16-year-old male African lion at the Birmingham Zoo died Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma. The Birmingham Zoo and its staff had been closely monitoring and treating the animal for age-related health issues, including kidney disease,...

Lion killed after escaping, killing handler

Nov. 22, 2021 15:11 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A lion has been killed after escaping its enclosure at an animal park and killing its handler in northern Guatemala, according to a local news site. Local Noti Petén identified the dead man as Santos Esquivel Nájera and said he died after being...

German zoo presents 3 lion cubs, 5 weeks after birth

Nov. 15, 2021 07:21 AM EST

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Meet Jamila, Kumani and Malaika. A zoo in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen proudly presented on Monday three female lion cubs born in early October. The cubs played under the watchful eyes of their mother,...

Woman wanted for trespassing near Bronx Zoo lion exhibit

Nov. 13, 2021 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who was charged two years ago with trespassing near the lion exhibit and taunting the animals at the Bronx Zoo is wanted again for doing the same this past week, New York City police said. Police asked for the public's help Friday night in...

Lions, tigers and an unbearable year at Jack Hanna's zoo

Nov. 13, 2021 08:36 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium had a bear of a year. It began Jan. 1, the first day of famous zookeeper Jack Hanna's retirement after 42 years as the beloved celebrity director-turned-ambassador of the nation’s second-largest zoo. ...

8 big cats at St. Louis Zoo test positive for COVID

Nov. 12, 2021 12:13 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two African lions and six other big cats at the St. Louis Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that zoo officials said Thursday that the animals are expected to make a full recovery. Besides the lions, two snow...

Denver Zoo reports world's first coronavirus cases in hyenas

Nov. 05, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two hyenas at the Denver Zoo have tested positive for the coronavirus, the first confirmed cases among the animals worldwide, a national veterinary lab announced Friday. Samples from a variety of animals at the zoo, including the spotted hyenas, were...