I have been to Calgary Zoo...
And I too, felt like the poor goat it was that bad.
Calgary Zoo is one exotic goat short of an Arkful after a Turkmenian markhor "accidentally hanged itself" over the weekend. According to Reuters, local television carried a shock report into the incident, featuring amateur video showing the caprine corpse "hanging lifeless from a rope in its enclosure". The zoo claims (pdf) …
I don't mind the odd story about random stuff to give us all a change of scene. But two of the top six front page articles are about random stuff. Goats commiting suicide and Katie Price.
If I was a member of the Office of Government Statistics I'd be declaring that The Register is 33% non-IT.
I have a neighbour that owned a fairly large dog, that was chained up out the back. A few months ago it tried to jump into our garden over 6'6" fence, anyway you can guess the outcome.
BTW, are goats eligible for Darwin Awards? Or would the zoo keepers get an award in its place?
A coroner's inquest would be convened, and testimony would be offered that the goat was a regular internet user, and got the information to hang itself from the Web. Several MP's would then call for laws regulating suicide information sites to thwart the possible copygoat suicides.
With the price of oil dropping below $40 a barrel and Oboma's hate for "Dirty Oil" the poor goats investment must of tanked. And when all the other animals at the zoo ask where their money when? Well, goats can't fly airplanes and fake their own death, hence the tragedy in the petting zoo....
for laughing so long and so hard over this. Particularly after watching the video!
Was the goat involved in goat porn, since one of the youtube linked videos (other than some weirdo emo child telling us how this news has affected them and caused them to cut an extra 3 slashes into their arm) was 'goat vulva'. Hmm... I think we need to get Jessica Fletcher involved.
I am sure anytime you get weird unexplianed deaths.
It is either from managers who hire people who know nothing about pest control device and how not to use them around certain animals.
Or the managers who hurry the employees through the work day so they forget about the vermin poison. Sounds like to me they need to hire a specaist who only deals with vermin poison and nothing else.
As for the dead stingrays. FOUL WATER/BAD FOOD quality or lack of enough food or wrong food. Or wrong species mxing together stinign each other to death.
Or in one case a person was hired to investigate at all hours and they found out they had a hidden intruder octopus eating their livestock.
What the !$&* is a 'cownose ray'?
I know what the obvious answer is… If some sirry irriot has been grafting cow's noses onto stingrays, it's no wonder the poor things died. They need gills, not bovine breathing equipment.
As for the goat - love the term 'enrichment toy'.
The only enrichment device I know is the type that produces plutonium as a by-product. Being from the 'stans, possibly it was an Al-Qaeda goat that got the wrong of the, er… rope?!? Which would make it a WMD goat. Alternatively, if it got wind of the bovine surgery programme detailed above, perhaps it took it's own life rather than face the ridicule from it's ibex pal, of waking up one day with udders for ears...
Being a resident of Calgary, I've heard a lot on the death of the stingrays here at the Calgary Zoo. No one has been able to determine the precise cause of death, but most people tend to think that it had something to do with the fact that Zoo patrons were permitted to physically touch the stingrays in the tank. Lord only knows what kind of contaminants were introduced to the tank that way.