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From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/25/04 1:49 PM 
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This is really appalling


National Zoo Deaths Blamed on Bad Management
By Deborah Zabarenko
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The deaths of two red pandas from rat poison, a zebra that starved and an elephant that contracted tuberculosis at the U.S. National Zoo were blamed on Wednesday on problems with care and management at one of Washington's most popular attractions.  

Shortcomings at the zoo, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution , include sloppy record-keeping, poor communication between animal keepers and other staff, inadequate pest control and a lack of strategic planning, a report by a committee of the National Research Council said.

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Edited 2/25/2004 2:01:07 PM ET by Tarty (RAVENGIL)
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From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/25/04 1:53 PM 
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 8837.2 in reply to 8837.1 
On AP 4 minutes ago:

Report Released; Zoo Director Resigns

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The embattled director of the National Zoo will leave her job, officials announced Wednesday after release of a report critical of care in the wake of a host of animal deaths at the 114-year-old, high-visibility capital attraction.

A spokeswoman for the Smithsonian Institution, which oversees the zoo, said Lucy Spelman will depart as director at the end of the year.

A National Academy of Sciencespanel of veterinarians, zookeepers and others began investigating the zoo last year after several well-publicized animal deaths, including two red pandas that succumbed after eating rat poison buried in their yard by exterminators trying to get rid of rodents.

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Edited 2/25/2004 1:59:36 PM ET by Tarty (RAVENGIL)

From: Kirsten (koshugi)2/26/04 8:00 PM 
To: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 9) 
 8837.3 in reply to 8837.2 

From: BEOWULF (beowulf51)2/27/04 12:15 PM 
To: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 9) 
 8837.4 in reply to 8837.2 
They shouldn't permit her to resign. She should be put in a zoo cage, and given the same care that she gave to the animals in her keeping.

From: Ralph (RBGlatt)2/27/04 12:42 PM 
To: BEOWULF (beowulf51)  (5 of 9) 
 8837.5 in reply to 8837.4 
You're too soft hearted, you know that?

Be your own hero.

From: BEOWULF (beowulf51)2/27/04 1:09 PM 
To: Ralph (RBGlatt)  (6 of 9) 
 8837.6 in reply to 8837.5 
Yes, being soft-hearted is one of my few faults.

They should throw her in with some hungry crocodiles.


From: Ralph (RBGlatt)2/27/04 4:42 PM 
To: BEOWULF (beowulf51)  (7 of 9) 
 8837.7 in reply to 8837.6 
Now you're being mean . . . to the crocodiles! ;-)

Be your own hero.

From: Rach (Ralac71)3/17/04 8:13 PM 
To: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 9) 
 8837.8 in reply to 8837.1 
It's a case of another slow moving bureaucracy......

sad really.


From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/18/04 1:47 AM 
To: Rach (Ralac71)  (9 of 9) 
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