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Friday, March 8, 2013

By All Means, Let's Investigate!

Death of lion lover spurs state, federal scrutiny

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — A 24-year-old intern who was described by her father as a "fearless" lover of big cats ventured into a lion enclosure at a privately owned zoo and was mauled to death, prompting investigations by several government agencies that want to know how the accident happened.

Yes, let's launch an investigation into how it was that someone who "ventured into a lion enclosure" ended up getting mauled by lions.

Yep, that's a real head-scratcher!
Also, it doesn't really sound like an "accident." I don't think the young lady "accidentally" wandered into the lion pen, and I doubt that the lion "accidentally" mauled her.


Dianna Hanson, whose Facebook page is plastered with photos of her petting tigers and other big cats, was frustrated that the exotic cat zoo in California where she had worked since January did not allow direct contact with animals, her father told The Associated Press.
"She was disappointed because she said they wouldn't let her into the cages with the lion and tiger there,"

Dang it, why won't they let me go into the lion cage. . . oh, now I get it!

Whether Hanson ignored orders or was performing a function that placed her in danger is being investigated by Cal-OSHA, which also is trying to determine if employees were properly instructed about potential danger, as required.
"There should have been procedures that very clearly stated what the employees were required to do in order to not get killed," said agency spokesman Peter Melton

I know, I know! Stay out of the fucking lion enclosure?
Look, I'm actually a big fan of OSHA. I think workplace safety requirements are absolutely necessary and proper, but come on! All you really should need is a sign reading "here there be lions," and anyone who's not a lunatic will know to stay out. I think we can let this one go and just chalk it up to thinning the herd. Literally.


Brewella Deville said...

It's too bad she and Grizzly Man never had a chance to meet.

Rum-Punch Drunk said...

My condolences goes out to her family but why does this keep happening. I mean, people take matters into their own hands when they buck the fence or go into areas that are forbidden. Then after they break the rules and get hurt, or in her case die, the animals are killed or people lose their jobs. That's not fair at all.

CraveCute said...

So sorry for her poor family. But, I read she was on the phone. Maybe when you are in a lions pen you should pay attention to... the lion.

Margaret Benbow said...

Have also heard that in this case someone forgot to securely lock the lion enclosure, which is how he got out and attacked her. But I agree that any kind of lion-cuddling or lion-challenging never ends well. Loved the Burroughs Tarzan book series when I was a kid, and always remembered what Tarzan said: "You can stare ten lions in the eye, and nine of them will pass by. But that tenth lion, he will not pass."