The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2 Years ago today was the horrible Travis the Chimp/Sandra Herold/Charla Nash incident

Travis the chimp destroyed Charla Nash’s face, eyesight and her trust in wild animals when the animal mauled her on this date in 2009.

That horrific attack on Feb. 16, 2009 thrust Connecticut’s exotic animal laws into the spotlight and the state Department of Environmental Protection is revamping the law and planning to ban chimps, gorillas, orangutans, pythons and some more common animals, like wild ferrets.
Dozens of animal lovers, reptile shop owners and exhibitors voices their concerns at a public hearing at DEP headquarters in Hartford on Tuesday.
“It will really hurt the reptile industry. Connecticut, for a long time, has had some really lenient laws on the big snake and lizard community. A ban would be devastating,” Jeremy Turgeon, of J and D Reptiles, said.
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  1. Anonymous3:51 PM

    why ban ferrets?

  2. Dear Anon;
    Thank you for your comment. I, myself don't understand why ferrets are included. I don't know much about the animal, the possible disease they "may" carry, or what they are capable of. They seem not to be a real threat to anyone.

    I do know that a short time ago a ferret climbed into a baby's crib and chewed all of the babies fingers off, but I would say as with all animals except for primates and large cats, that it all depends on the caretakers and owners. In the above mentioned case it was by far the owners fault and responsibility to have made sure their ferret was secure or at least knew where and what the animal was doing.