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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:08 PM

Pat Derby dies at 70; rescuer of exotic and performing animals

Pat Derby could coax Willie the bear with a handful of jelly beans, make Christopher the cougar twitch his tail on command, and even kissed Rijo the tiger.

But when it came to Walt Disney, she had less patience. Derby, a Hollywood animal trainer turned animal rights activist, once walked out on him in the middle of filming for "Disney's Wonderful World of Color" after he subjected her bear cub to two hours of retakes under the hot studio lights.

She always got along better with animals than people, anyway, she often said. "I am not a natural at public relations," she once wrote.

Derby, who later devoted her life to protecting and rescuing exotic and performing animals, died Friday after a long battle with throat cancer, said her longtime partner, Ed Stewart. She was 70 and died at their home in San Andreas, southeast of Sacramento and the site of a sprawling, 2,300-acre animal sanctuary they established in 2000.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/20/local/la-me-pat-derby-20130221

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joeybee12 Feb 2013 OP
Helen Reddy Feb 2013 #1
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #3
Helen Reddy Feb 2013 #4
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #2
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #5
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #6
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #7
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #8
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #9
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #10

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:16 PM

1. What a lovely woman and critter friend!

 

She will never walk alone.

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:18 PM

3. I love that she didn't like Walt Disney...

Even if she wasn't such a lover and friend of animals, I'd like her just for that!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:19 PM

4. Agreed! n/t

 

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:17 PM

2. A great woman. Her sanctuary is in my neck of the woods.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:24 PM

5. Thats' the sort of sanctuary I'd love to support...

Gotta keep buying those powerball tix!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:37 PM

6. Here's one I support

Michelle is doing some great work.

http://pandemoniumaviaries.org/

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:41 PM

7. It does sound like they do great work...

Some of those exotic birds are just fascinating to look at.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:50 PM

8. We are creating Native meadows for them.

Some of the species do not 'get' California grasses, they simply uproot them and turn their (large) pens to mush. I have a theory that if we plant the birds' native grasses in their respective habitats that they will have a much more natural co-existence.

Being amongst those birds can be totally surreal. Some of them are genuine characters.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:11 PM

9. That makes sense...

Keep us posted as to how it works out.

I hate when people abandon their birds...they don't realize that they become very attached to their owners, almost as much as dogs from what I've read and will go through separation anxiety.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:23 PM

10. These are some of the most exotic birds on Earth.

That is why they are all so rare.

When you have time, cruise the website. Click on the 'sanctuary' tab and you will see some species that will blow you away.

Here is my favorite pair:

http://pandemoniumaviaries.org/sanctuary/ambassador-birds/spock-zarabeth/

And then there is Ferguson:

http://pandemoniumaviaries.org/sanctuary/ambassador-birds/ferguson/

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