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carnivore exhibits will undergo “a full audit” and that she and the zoo staff are already contacting other experts in the zoo/breeding farm field for help in reviewing Papanack Zoo’s operation policies and protocols, and its exhibit designs “to ensure that an incident such as this will not happen again.” This is not the first time the zoo opera- tion has had an escaped animal incident. In September 2008, while Forgie was still the owner/operator, one of the zoo’s white tigers was found wandering along County Road 19 in the earlymorning hours. No one was hurt and the tiger was recaptured. Later investi- gation determined that the tiger dug its way out underneath the fenced enclosure thanks to softening of the ground due to previous heavy rains. Improved fencing was installed to prevent a repeat of that kind of escape. For several years now, the zoo has come under attack by former employees, alleging poor care and treatment of the animals on site. A Facebook page, Close Papanack Zoo, was set up as part of the campaign.
Police answered a rush emergency call Sunday, from the Papanack Zoo, to help recapture and contain an escaped lion. One of the white lions kept at the zoo as part of its exotic animals breeding program, got out of his enclosure late Sunday after- noon.The Hawkesbury OPP station received a rush emergency call around 4:20 p.m. from the owner/operator of theWendover-based zoo and exotic animal breeding farm. “Human error” is the reason given for the lion’s escape. Papanack Zoo owner/operator Kerri Bayford explained, during a Facebook pagemessage the followingMonday, that the lionwas later killed, rather than tranquilized, for public safety reasons. “The risk to the public of trying to sedate the lionwas simply too high,” Bayford stated, “as the sedatives take too long to kick in, and this would have put everyone at risk.” When police arrived on the scene, the lion was walking around in the park entrance area, which is unfenced. Officers worked with Bayford to contain the lion. The lion was put down at about 5:30 p.m. that day. No police officers or any other people were hurt during the incident nor were any of the zoo’s other animal occupants harmed. At the time of the Sunday incident, the zoo was closed to the public for the winter but a skeleton staff was on site when the lion escaped.
A white lion escaped from his enclosure at Papanack Zoo in Wendover, late Sunday afternoon. The lion was later recaptured and then killed as a public safety measure. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
“Since taking over ownership at Papa- nack Zoo just under two years ago,” Bayford stated, “we have worked tirelessly to improve the facility and living conditions of the ani- mals. Unfortunately, it looks like this was a case of human error, and we are going to be debriefing with all our staff to determine exactly what happened.” Bayford also stated that the zoo’s large
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