Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Zoo chimp killed by bite from rattler

A chimpanzee died last week at the Los Angeles Zoo after being bitten by a rattlesnake, zoo officials said Monday.

The chimp died Wednesday after it was bitten by a rattler that fell into the Mahali Mountain chimpanzee exhibit, zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said.

The snake bit the chimp from a bush inside its habitat, Jacobs said, adding that antivenin failed to save the primate. A necropsy is being performed on the animal.

A zookeeper close to the situation gave a different account of the incident, saying the chimp's minders waited hours before calling help.

The keeper, who asked to remain anonymous,said the 25-year-old male chimp was bitten at 1 p.m. and got a bad case of the shakes.

"They didn't call anyone til 3 p.m., and then they didn't even call a vet; they called The Reptile House," according to the keeper.

The zookeeper said that instead of giving the chimp antivenin, zoo veterinarians gave him Benadryl.

Rattlesnakes are common in rustic Griffith Park, Jacobs said, but snake-related deaths of zoo animals are rare. Seven years ago, a pair of lemurs died from snakebites, he said.


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1 comment:

KATHYL said...

I WAS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO YESTERDAY AUGUST 13,2006 AND ME AND MY FAMILY DECIDED TO SIT DOWN AT A NEAR BENCH BCAUSE WE WERE TIRED AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN I SEE A RATTLE SNAKE COMING OUT OF THE BUSHES AT FIRST I LOOKED AT IT LIKE WELL WERE IN THE ZOO I GUESS ITS NORMAL BUT THEN I SEEN IT COMING TOWERDS THE SIDEWALK WERE THE PEOPLE WALK ON LIKE COMING TOWERDS US SO I TOLD MY BROTHER RUN AND TELL THE MAN THAT WORKS HERE SO WE ALL MOVED AWAY AN MY BROTHER RAN AND TOLD AN EMPLOYEE AND 2OF THE EMPLOYEES CAME AND THEY SEEN IT AND RIGHT AWAY CALLED THRUE THE WALKIE TAKIES AND ON THRUE HER CELL PHONE FOR SOME ONE TO COME AND THEY TOOK SO LONG TO COME THAT THE SNAKE WENT BACK IN TO THE BUSHES AND GOT LOST AND THE HOLE TIME WE WERE THERE NO ONE CAME SO ME AND MY FAMILY DECIDED TO LEAVE BECAUSE WE THOUGHT IT WAS TO DANGEROUSE. THERE WAS A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT SEEN THE SNAKE NONT ONLY US AND THEN I OVER HEAARD A LADY TALKING ABOUT THIS STORY AND I JUST READ IT RIGHT NOW AND I THINK THAT IT IS SO SAD MOSTLY KNOWING THAT I SEEN A RATTLER SNAKE YESTERDAY AND THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME ON THAT BITE THE POOR MONKEY!!!!