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Calgary Zoo Suspects Toxins in Water Lead to Deaths of 34 Prized Rays

Animals  (tags: cownose rays, death, toxins, animals, mystery, AnimalWelfare, protection, environment, habitat, wildanimals, wildlife )

- 3666 days ago -
The sudden and mysterious deaths of 34 prized stingrays at the Calgary Zoo's new "touch tank" had veterinarians searching the water in vain Monday for some explanation. The $250,000 cownosed ray exhibit -- which looks more like an elongated hot tub than

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Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 12, 2008, 6:07 pm
This is why I beleive no animal should be in captivity...mistakes happen and guess who suffers...the animals...Grrrrrrrr

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Blacktiger P (247)
Monday May 12, 2008, 8:38 pm
Heartbreaking! Knowing how well that zoo is run and how the habitats are so big and nice for the animals, this is so sad.

Susan Hall-Amado (61)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 8:46 am
It sounds to me as if something nasty is about. These are beautiful creatures. I hope that they get to the bottom of it.

Michele S (2)
Thursday May 15, 2008, 8:32 am
There are only 2 stingrays left, the others have now died from whatever poisoned them. The Calgary Police force is now investigating this. When I first heard that these stingrays were going to be open to the public for "petting purposes" I couldn't believe it. If the zoo wishes to reopen this exhibit down the road, they need to put up a huge glass wall surrounding these amazing creatures to protect them from people who wish to cause harm. There have been several zoo attacks across Canada and it seems to be a trend that I don't wish to see continue. Even if it ends up that this wasn't a human who caused the death of these majestic creatures...the stingrays should be protected when shown to the public. Not exploited, stingrays should not be in a petting zoo.
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