Archive for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rare gazelle breaks own neck, dies at Topeka Zoo

July 29, 2014


An endangered gazelle at the Topeka Zoo is dead after beating its head against a gate until it broke its neck.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a zoo visitor saw the 5-year-old Addra gazelle running from corner to corner before charging the gate three times.

Zoo staff members ran to the scene but the gazelle, Raul, was already dead.

Zoo staffers described the animal’s behavior as puzzling. The city says in a news release the zoo will run a necropsy and pathology evaluation to learn what might have caused the incident.

The Addra gazelle is a critically endangered species, with only 500 left in the wild.

It’s the second rare gazelle to die at the zoo, where a 3-year-old Addra died of a sudden illness in December 2012.


Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 8 months ago

This animal committed suicide rather than stay in the zoo. Yes, I believe that certain species of animals do have the awareness to do this. Is it right to keep animals in zoos to save the species? Does the individual animal in the zoo realize that it is sacrificing its freedom to preserve the species?

Human populations growth is out of control and people must destroy animal habitats in order to have fields to grow food and land for population centers. The real and humane way to save animals is for people to save themselves by controlling population.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 8 months ago

I think nature will take care of it for us, eventually. Liberia closed it's borders yesterday to contain the largest ever Ebola outbreak.
To quote George Carlin on "saving the Earth", "The earth is fine. People are ****ed."
You might also consider this, announced by Stanford University and reported five days ago.
Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Jillian Andrews 3 years, 8 months ago

If I had to live in that hellhole, I'd have killed myself too. That zoo needs to be SHUT DOWN.

Kristine Damveld 3 years, 8 months ago

I was an animal care intern at the Topeka zoo. I was there for 5 months and I loves going to work every day. That internship made me want to be a zookeeper. The staff there love their animals like family, and the animals love them. When an animal dies, everyone is heartbroken. Raul's death is a tragedy, and NOT the zoos fault.

Karen Wrap 3 years, 8 months ago

The staff at the Topeka Zoo take the utmost care each of their animals, reguardless of the species. As a former animal care intern myself, I have seen firsthand how their keeper staff treats the animals; as if they are their own children. Animals do unexpected actions and as humans, we cannot make anthropomorphic connections to these actions as we will NEVER know the true reason! To say that Raul committed suicide is absurd. He had a close companion, more than enough space in a beautiful habitat, PLENTY of enrichment, and some of the best care you could ever immagine. If anyone would like to make a comment about the quality of the lives of the animals at the Topeka Zoo, maybe you should try visiting and actually try seeing things from a perspective other than an extremist. To claim that the Topeka Zoo is a "hell hole" is entirely inaccurate and ignorant. Zoos exist because all staff members (from directors to volunteers) have unparalleled love and dedication to animals and want to share their experiences with the public.

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