For nine years, Kelly Ann Walz kept the black bear she called "Teddy" as a pet, raising it from cubhood at her hilltop menagerie where she also cared for a mountain lion and tiger. On Sunday night, she went into Teddy's 15-by-15-foot steel and concrete cage, throwing a shovelful of dog food to one side to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side. But the 350-pound bear turned on Walz and attacked her. Walz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Now matter how tame they may seem, wild animals are still wild animals. Born Free USA keeps a database of attacks by captive pets on their possessors.
Pet bear turns on Pa. owner, kills her in cage
The Associated Press
The Learning Channel (TLC) has sunk to an all time low with their new show My Monkey Baby which airs this Sunday, October 4.
The "greatest show on earth" starting at the Rose Garden tonight isn't so great for its largest performers, according to a 2003 lawsuit filed by animal-rights groups against Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of the Ringling Bros. circus. After years of legal wrangling, a verdict is expected shortly. The parties' lawyers delivered their final arguments in March.
Federal court will decide fate of circus elephants soon
Jacques Von Lunen
Born Free USA senior vice president Adam Roberts will be featured on “The Nature Connection” on BlogTalkRadio this Friday, September 18, beginning at 4:00pm PST. Tune in to this exciting show to hear Adam talk about bears in the U.S. and the federal Bear Protection Act. Adam’s portion of the show begins airing at 4:45pm.
Irritated at his family's 20-year-old African grey parrot for disturbing him while watching a NASCAR race on television, a man pulled out a BB gun and shot the bird three times, killing him.
Born Free USA's Senior Program Associate, Monica Engebretson, contributes to this story.
Man Shoots and Kills Pet Parrot For Being 'Annoying'
Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey ("Ringling Brothers") touts itself as the largest animal circus in the world. Its menagerie includes: elephants, horses, tigers, and a variety of other animals. "The Greatest Show on Earth", as it bills itself, is also home to immeasurable pain and suffering.
Discussed are Born Free USA's lawsuit against Ringling and reasons not to attend the circus.
The circus comes to town - and the misery continues
Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Seattle Pet Laws Examiner
A Texas man whose family has circus ties had to give up two Asian elephants, 40-year-old Jewel and 39-year-old Tina. Both were dangerously underweight. Davenport agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, in exchange for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropping complaints against him for not having proper purchasing permits for the pair. The two elephants were being transported to an undisclosed zoo.
Born Free USA believes elephants have no place in zoos and that they would be better off released to an elephant sanctuary.
2 elephants seized from owner in Texas
Dallas Morning News
A federal agency has granted MGM Mirage a permit to import two Atlantic bottlenose dolphins for public display in Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden on the Las Vegas Strip. Born Free USA and The World Society for the Protection of Animals filed a complaint against the Mirage's petition to import during a 30-day public comment period.
Feds permit MGM Mirage to import 2 dolphins
Las Vegas Sun