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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Oct 04, 2009
Location: Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Animal: Black Bear
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Exotic Pet
Facility Name: unknown

Category: Attack resulting in human death, Animal Death by human
Species: Bear

Summary: Teddy, a 9-year-old 350-lb black bear raised from a cub, attacked and killed his "owner" while she cleaned his cage. A neighbor shot the bear dead. The bear was owned legally. A local official said that owners of wild animals usually have a two-section cage, allowing them to isolate the animal behind a locked gate while they clean the other part, but he was baffled why this woman chose to go in the same area the bear was in, calling it a "fatal mistake. These things are not tame animals; they're wild animals."

Source: Associated Press, Pocono Record.com

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