Once again, a creature’s blood is on the hands of the zoo trade. On Monday, a grand Lion named Zawadi, who is held captive and exhibited by the Oregon Zoo, was trying to go in an fenced show area, as he had been trained to do by his trainers, when the hydraulic guillotine door that seals off the arena came down on his tail, crushing and cutting it.
A witness video of the occasion, which has since been posted online, demonstrates Zawadi abruptly whirling around and shaking his tail until it was free of the door. The zoo worker who was speaking to the spectators practically disregarded the injury, stating, “Woops, got his tail wedged. Sorry, buddy. We’ll check on that later,” before carrying on with her spiel. Video on next page