Rule Animal Animal Care Michigan Zoo New Dwarf Hippo Jahari Strikes and Finishs

Michigan Zoo New Dwarf Hippo Jahari Strikes and Finishs

A six-year-old male Sitatunga was finished by a pygmy hippo in their new community enclosure at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chopper the Sitatunga – a marsh antelope-was supposed to be part of the zoo’s new species-rich habitat with pygmy hippos.

Zoo employees say the two animals successfully passed visual introductions between Chopper and the pygmy hippo named Jahari last month.

But when the trained pet care staff attempted a controlled introduction on Tuesday, jahari suddenly striked Chopper. The sudden passed away of the animal comes just four days after Chopper was officially introduced to Fans and animal lovers on the zoo’s Instagram page.

“This sad incident reminds us that despite the enormous precautions taken by zoo staff in recent weeks, the behavior of wildlife can be unpredictable,” said zoo CEO Peter D’Arienzo.

Before the powered episode, zoo curator Tim Sampson said zoo staff were delighted to introduce the two animals to each other for the first time in the same enclosure.

The staff immediately separated the two animals and tried to revive Chopper, but without success.

At John Ball Zoo, taking care of our first-class animals is a top priority, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of Chopper, who was loved by all the staff members who took care of him and are mourning this loss today.

The Zoo says it will conduct a full review of the incident as part of its animal care protocols and procedures.

The sad development comes a few weeks before ‘Hippopalooza’, which should take place from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4.

The event aims to celebrate the opening of the zoo’s brand new state-of-the-art pygmy hippo exhibit, with live music and animal activities.

The habitat of the mixed animals was to shelter two pygmy hippos, two European white storks and the Sitatunga.

Jahari had recently arrived at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s John Ball Zoo, while Chopper had arrived from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this year. Sitatunga, 6 years old, was born on June 25, 2016 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Pygmy hippos – a dwarf species of ordinary hippos – are native to West Africa and, like their larger cousins, can be extremely confrontational, especially if they have theirspace is threatened.

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