ZooAmerica bison euthanized at Herhseypark to prevent drowning in flood

Posted Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:11 PM | Contributed by KnoebelsGrandCarousel

Rather than let the animals drown in Tropical Storm Lee's rapidly rising floodwaters, zookeepers at Hersheypark's ZooAmerica shot their two beloved American bison to death - and prompted howls of anger across cyberspace. ZooAmerica said in a statement that "unprecedented flooding" trapped the 2,000-pound animals in their pen Wednesday night, while keepers were able to evacuate other zoo inhabitants.

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Friday, September 9, 2011 12:39 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

You guys are a--holes!

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Friday, September 9, 2011 1:32 PM
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GoBucks89 said:
Hiding behind my monitor more actually. Not sure how effective hiding BEHIND a keyboard is really. Maybe I could hide UNDER the keyboard but at that point I might as well just hide under my desk. Though I think the best protection is probably the stacks of paper on my desk and all around my office. But anyway, whats it to you?

Come at me, bro! I'm deleting my thread!


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Friday, September 9, 2011 1:38 PM
Jeff's avatar

No way, we'll undelete it.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Friday, September 9, 2011 1:39 PM
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Apparently they weren't able to move Comet Hollow in time either.

For the love of God and all that is holy, someone shoot it before it drowns too!

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, September 9, 2011 1:39 PM
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Friday, September 9, 2011 1:51 PM

^ Or the shops in Rhineland.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150307986044357&set=a.165...=1&theater
They just abandoned that poor mannequin in the window! How heartless.

To address the people who said they had two days warning, they didn't. The original flood warning for the area on Tuesday called for minor flooding of 1-2 feet. Every few hours, a new update raised the level of flooding a few more feet, until it reached the record gauge level. Nobody predicted the extreme flooding that occurred, and every news report I saw or read quoted someone saying that they were surprised at how high the water levels rose.

As an aside, 5 people in south-central PA died during the flooding, including an 8-year old boy. Where's the outrage there?

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Friday, September 9, 2011 2:02 PM
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New at Hersheypark in 2012: Bisonburgers!


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Friday, September 9, 2011 2:08 PM

Taste like chicken.

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Friday, September 9, 2011 2:44 PM
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RatherGoodBear said:


As an aside, 5 people in south-central PA died during the flooding, including an 8-year old boy. Where's the outrage there?

The ZooAmerica guys didn't shoot them.

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Friday, September 9, 2011 5:43 PM

Scroll down, you can see a pic of the bison. They were in big trouble.

http://coasterfusion.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?12700.0


Thanks,
DMC

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Friday, September 9, 2011 11:03 PM

Would the same people that are so worked up over this have been equally appalled if zoo keepers had died trying to save the bison from the flood?

Last edited by bigboy, Friday, September 9, 2011 11:03 PM
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Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:07 AM
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I don't understand all this ass-cornery. The animal folks may say the Bison should have never been in the park in the first place.


Billy
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Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:34 AM

Do you think that in the thousands and thousands of years that bison roamed the plains that at least two may have drowned at some point from a flash flood? Even if they all knew to move to higher ground, at some point when there were more bison than available ground, the herd themselves would kick a few in. They wouldn't be worried about whether the others were suffering or seeing that look in their eyes.

Animal folk need to get over the idea that all animals live till old age, if they die at all. And they don't all have cute names, and they don't do all the things that humans do.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Jeff said:
No way, we'll undelete it.

Haha. If only he hadn't edited all of his posts.


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:58 PM
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Well, I guess that Gary B. guy won. He sure showed us. I feel like I am going to cry now.


Edit - Forgot to add a ;) .

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:38 PM
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Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:23 PM
kpjb's avatar

Jeff... unedit those posts!

I didn't even know I got called out. :(


Hi

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:37 PM
Jeff's avatar

I could unedit the posts as well, but he was quoted, do good enough.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 7:20 PM
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Vater said:The ZooAmerica guys didn't shoot them.

They also weren't kept within a fence against their will.


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Monday, September 12, 2011 12:32 PM

We are incredibly hypocritical when it comes to animals. If you are an animal that is cute and cuddly or can do work for us, you are likely to be treated well. And folks will have negative reactions if something bad happens to you. But if you taste good, look out. You shouldn't count on too much sympathy for anything bad that happens to you.

The bison in this case lived better lives than millions of folks living in parts of Africa and Asia. They had plenty of food and water. Were given shelter and medical care as needed. How many people would love to have that life? And the bison's end was much more dignified than the end of millions of animals sent to slaughterhouses across the world. Yet some folks complain about what happened to these two bison? Just admit the hypocrisy and move on. If you don't want to admit it, maybe we can talk about it over lunch. I know a great burger place. Or how about a steakhouse? :)

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Monday, September 12, 2011 12:36 PM
Jeff's avatar

If people knew how poorly their food was treated, would they be up in arms about that?


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Monday, September 12, 2011 1:01 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

I get up in arms everytime someone puts steak sauce on a steak. Does that count?

Rob

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