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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:07 AM
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Woman Sticks Arm Into Bear Cage - (Surprisingly) Loses Arm
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WEEDSPORT, N.Y. -- A woman lost part of her arm when she reached into the cage of two Chinese Himalayan bears.

Brooke Bessette, 22, was able to free herself after being grabbed by one of the bears Sunday, but suffered severe injuries to her lower arm, Cayuga County Sheriff Robert Outhouse said.

Her arm was amputated below the elbow. She was in good condition Monday at a Syracuse-area hospital.

The attack took place at a "private zoo," the Cayuga County sheriff's office said. Authorities were looking into possible trespassing charges.

http://www.wftv.com/newsofthestrange/3343572/detail.htm...
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phatkatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:08 AM
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1. Darwin honorable mention?
DUH!
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:10 AM
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2. Damnit, beat me to it.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:15 AM
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3. Kids, let this be a lesson to all of us. Don't feed the bears
any of your own body parts.

There are times I wonder if we should be testing people before letting them go outside. Then there are times I think the libertarians are right and we should abolish all safety warnings, systems and special equipment so idiots will not survive to breeding age. :eyes:
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:24 AM
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4. pricate zoo?
money says she now sues the owner of the property for having an 'attractive nuisance' on his/her property and not protecting it appropriately from idiots.
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neoteric lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:27 AM
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5. everyone knows it was Booboo...
I bet Yogi was just hanging out minding his business while Booboo was the one to savagely attack that "dim" woman.


Just look at those blood-thirst eyes. He's evil I tell you! Evil!!!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:57 AM
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8. Hey Booboo let's have us a pic-a-nic
:bounce:
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:28 AM
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6. There was a bear handler
at the Cincinnati zoo a few years back...stuck her arm in a polar bear cage and (surprisingly) got it ripped off. Then she sued the zoo... :eyes:

She lost. :P
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:18 AM
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11. Polar bears are the most predatory bears
I heard they were the only animal that actually hunts humans
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Lou_C Donating Member (944 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:53 AM
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7. No kidding, do you mean you can't do that at the zoo?
I thought that you could play with the lions, tigers and bears.

:shrug:
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:09 AM
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9. What Is It With People At Zoos?
This is about the 4th incident in the last 2 years of people getting hurt or killed because of attacks by animals when they ventured into the cage area.

Hey idiots! They are WILD ANIMALS! They're not cute and cuddly pets!
The Professor
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:18 AM
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10. The Zoo is not responsible for morons
people should understand that a bear likes to eat and kill mammals
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:56 AM
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13. My Point Exactly
I just don't get why people do something so stupid.
The Professor
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DonP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:59 AM
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16. I blame Walt Disney
Disney created this imaginary world where all animals are kind and gentle, loving creatures.

Between the Wonderful World of Disney cartoons and "real life" movies ... "Fuzzy the Wayward Polar Bear" type of crapola they have a whole generation thinking that wild animals are all just gentle creatures that could live among us if only we understood them better.

Disney never quite got around to showing one "gentle creature" ripping out the throat or crushing the head of another for food.

Sadly, some people have a hard time differentiating between the imaginary and real. It sounds like this woman is one of them.
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comradebillyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:25 AM
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12. stupidity is its own reward
who said " genius has its limits but stupidity is unbounded"?
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:31 AM
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14. Intelligence IS an evolutionary plus.
People like this demonstrate why intelligence is identified as an aid to evolution. It makes me wonder if she has produced any offspring, and if so, are they in better shape than she is...


Laura
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:32 AM
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15. Misred the URL
Thought it was :wtf: TV
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:19 PM
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17. Stupid idiot - deserves to have her arm taken off
I remember back in the 80s some assmunch walked into the polar bear cage at the Madison Zoo in WI and was mauled. And instead of the security dudes letting the bear eat his meal, they killed it to stop the mauling.

What a waste of a beautiful animal that's just doing what it is made to do.

Assholes who think animals are playthings deserve to be left to die.
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Squeegee Donating Member (577 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:20 PM
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18. Natural selection in action! n/t
Edited on Tue May-25-04 03:20 PM by Squeegee
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Servo300 Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:23 PM
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19. Only 2 things are infinite: the universe, and human stupidity.
(And I'm not sure about the universe...)
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:26 PM
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20. Hey, but she has a soulmate out there!!
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040...

Man Pets Jaguar, Pays with His Finger

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico man made a hasty exit from a zoo after climbing close to a cage to illegally pet a jaguar, but police were able to track him down by the severed finger he left behind.

The shriveled and dried finger from the man's right hand was found outside the cat cage last week by a groundskeeper, Tom Silva, assistant director of the Albuquerque Biological Park, which includes the zoo, said on Tuesday.
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:33 PM
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21. Trespassing charges
It sounds to me as though the bears already leveled their own trespassing charges. That should be lesson enough.
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