The death of 16-foot long Burmese python in Everglades National Park and the world-famous polar bear Knut, 2 separate brown bears’ attacks caused 2 hikers dead, sudden loss of Egyptian cobra at Bronx Zoo and the release of many wild animals in Ohio are named top animal stories of 2011.
Burmese python died in Everglades National Park
On October 27, 16-foot long Burmese python was captured and killed in Everglades National Park. The animal is one of the largest reptiles ever found in South Africa.
Attacks of brown bears caused the death of 2 people
Two separate brown bears attacked and killed 2 hikers at Yellowstone National Park in July and August of 2011. In one case, the mother bear tried to defend her cubs from a perceived threat.
Two separate brown bears attacked and killed 2 hikers at Yellowstone National Park
The missing Egyptian cobra gained media attraction
This March, the loss of Egyptian cobra was the hot news on the Internet. The cobra, missing for nearly a week from Bronx Zoo, was captured less than 200 feet from its cage. Lured with wood shavings reeking of mice and rats, the poisonous Egyptian cobra was trapped in a dark corner of its home, Reptile House. There was even a Twitter account for the snake called @BronxzZooCobra and the account attracted many followers during the incident.
The missing Egyptian cobra from Bronx Zoo gained media attraction
A dog was rescued from Japan earthquake met her owner through a window
A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan a day after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami on March 11. This is one of the most touching animal stories in 2011.
A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan
Sudden death of polar bear Knut
Born at Berlin Zoo on December 2006, polar bear Knut became famous rapidly all around the world. Knut’s sudden death at the age of 4 was really a shock for many people. Knut died after falling into a lake.
Famous polar bear Knut died at the age of 4
Dozens of wild animal was released by the owners
The Ohio animal collector Terry Thompson freed 56 wild animals including lions, bears, monkeys, leopards before committing suicide on October 18. Police officials shot and killed 48 of them for fear they could harm people. Six of the released animals – three leopards, a bear, and two monkeys – were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo.
One of three leopards that were captured by authorities a day after their owner released dozens of wild animals
1,000 blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in Arkansas
1,000 blackbirds died and fell from the sky over the Arkansas town in January. Wildlife officials said the cause of deaths was firework. In 2011, there were several mysterious mass animal deaths occurred including cows, starlings, sparrows, turtle doves and sardines.
1,000 blackbirds died and fell from the sky over the Arkansas town