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November 19, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Zoos on Thursday strongly denied accusations by an animal-rights group that three elephants, including the beloved Bette and Kallie, have been mistreated at a Western Pennsylvania sanctuary. Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week, saying the two pachyderms, along with a bull elephant named Jackson owned by the Pittsburgh Zoo, were getting insufficient care at the International Conservation Center in Somerset, Pa. "The group making the most recent allegations is misrepresenting the care that Bette and Kallie are receiving and is not qualified to evaluate their care or health," said Dana Lombardo, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Zoo. A spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Zoo, which oversees the sanctuary, called the allegations "ludicrous.
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November 5, 2012 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH - A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death Sunday after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. City police said the boy's 34-year-old mother had placed him in a standing position on a wooden railing overlooking the enclosure. "Almost immediately after that, he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the actual pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs," Lt. Kevin Kraus said. Witness Angela Cinti, 20, of Bethel Park, said: "The screams just kept coming and coming: 'Someone help.
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November 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled after falling into a zoo exhibit of wild African dogs will not be prosecuted, prosecutors said Wednesday. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Maddox Derkosh's death in early November at the Pittsburgh Zoo was a "tragic accident. " His mother, Elizabeth, had put him atop a railing to view a pack of African painted dogs. The boy fell and the animals pounced on him. - AP
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November 6, 2012 | By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The African painted dogs that mauled a child to death Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium will not be euthanized, remaining instead in quarantine, the zoo's chief executive said Monday. In a tearful news conference, Barbara Baker, president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Zoo, said there was nothing that responding staff could have done to save the toddler, who fell into the painted dog exhibit. "We had staff within 10 feet of the exhibit," she said, but "it was too dangerous" for staff to enter the yard where the boy was. "There is no such thing as a fail-proof exhibit," Baker said.
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April 16, 2013 | Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has given birth for the second time in as many years. Zoo officials said Monday they did not know the gender of the baby because they had not gotten close enough to Moka, the mother, to find out. Officials are keeping their distance while the baby bonds with Moka, zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said. Moka will likely carry the baby on her chest for three months. The same gorilla gave birth to a male last year, but that baby died after four months.
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August 9, 2007
PITTSBURGH - A city police officer and an auto-theft suspect fell more than 30 feet during a foot pursuit yesterday near the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Officer Daniel Hartung spotted a stolen car around 4:15 a.m. yesterday and chased the suspect, who drove to a road near the zoo. The man jumped out of the car, and the chase continued on foot. The man went over a fence, apparently not realizing that there was a large, steep drop on the other side. The officer followed and also fell, police said.
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June 26, 2009 | INQUIRER STAFF
The controversy over the Philadelphia Zoo's remaining two elephants has become only more intense after the announcement that Kallie and Bette will be moved to a facility in Western Pennsylvania, according to the Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants. On Wednesday, zoo officials said the African elephants would be transferred to the Pittsburgh Zoo's 724-acre International Conservation Center in Somerset County. They will join Jackson, a male African elephant who arrived there from the Pittsburgh Zoo in December.
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November 18, 2010 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
The U.S. Department of Agriculture received a complaint yesterday from animal activists claiming that two elephants that lived at the Philadelphia Zoo are being mistreated at a conservation center in central Pennsylvania. A spokesman for the USDA said the agency would investigate the complaint, filed by Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants. But, according to a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Zoo, which runs the International Conservation Center in Somerset County, the USDA's elephant specialist visited the conservation center on Oct. 1 and reported no problems.
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April 27, 2007 | By Julie Stoiber INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Zoo's three African elephants will trade their cramped city digs for a lush wildlife preserve in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands this fall, but in announcing the move yesterday, zoo officials left the gate open just a crack, saying they still hoped to build an elephant savanna one day and bring the animals back. For Petal, 51, who has lived in Philadelphia almost all her life, the move to the Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center will be permanent.
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December 17, 1996 | By Jeff Gammage and Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS This article includes information from the Associated Press
Zoo officials here were in mourning yesterday after learning, quite belatedly, that they had lost two members of their family - rare white rhinos who were among the Pittsburgh Zoo's most popular and beloved creatures. The pair died of dehydration and exposure while being trucked across China in July, days after being sent there as part of a breeding program. Pittsburgh officials received confirmation of the deaths only in the last few days, even though the news had been known for months by officials at the San Diego Zoo, which had purchased the animals for the Chinese facility.
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March 20, 2015
THINGS ARE LOOKING up for circus elephants, not quite so much for former Philadelphia Zoo elephants. Of the four living in the Quaker City when the zoo reluctantly decided to send them away in 2006, two are dead and the other two, friends for decades, have been torn apart. What brings Philly's former elephants into the center ring, so to speak, was the recent decision by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to phase out circus elephants, in a slow-motion retirement, to a Florida sanctuary by 2018.
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December 25, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dulary, a 50-year-old Asian elephant that spent most of her life at the Philadelphia Zoo, died Monday at a sanctuary in rural Tennessee, officials said. A necropsy to determine the cause of her death was planned, said Dana Lombardo, spokeswoman for the zoo. Dulary was transferred in 2007 to the Elephant Sanctuary, a 2,700-acre habitat in Hohenwald, about 85 miles southwest of Nashville. Zoo officials had decided they could not afford to build a larger habitat to replace the half-acre home for its elephants, and they were relocated except for one that died before moving.
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April 16, 2013 | Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has given birth for the second time in as many years. Zoo officials said Monday they did not know the gender of the baby because they had not gotten close enough to Moka, the mother, to find out. Officials are keeping their distance while the baby bonds with Moka, zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said. Moka will likely carry the baby on her chest for three months. The same gorilla gave birth to a male last year, but that baby died after four months.
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April 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Zoo plans to close the African painted dog exhibit where a boy was mauled to death last fall and move the 10 wild canines once kept there to other zoos, the zoo's president announced Wednesday, and a prosecutor suggested the investigation into the death was all but over. Barbara Baker, president of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, said the zoo staff and surrounding community still "need time to heal" from the death of 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh, who was killed Nov. 4 when he fell from the railing of an observation platform and was attacked by several dogs.
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November 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was fatally mauled after falling into a zoo exhibit of wild African dogs will not be prosecuted, prosecutors said Wednesday. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Maddox Derkosh's death in early November at the Pittsburgh Zoo was a "tragic accident. " His mother, Elizabeth, had put him atop a railing to view a pack of African painted dogs. The boy fell and the animals pounced on him. - AP
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November 6, 2012 | By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The African painted dogs that mauled a child to death Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium will not be euthanized, remaining instead in quarantine, the zoo's chief executive said Monday. In a tearful news conference, Barbara Baker, president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Zoo, said there was nothing that responding staff could have done to save the toddler, who fell into the painted dog exhibit. "We had staff within 10 feet of the exhibit," she said, but "it was too dangerous" for staff to enter the yard where the boy was. "There is no such thing as a fail-proof exhibit," Baker said.
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November 5, 2012 | PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
PITTSBURGH - A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death Sunday after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. City police said the boy's 34-year-old mother had placed him in a standing position on a wooden railing overlooking the enclosure. "Almost immediately after that, he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the actual pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs," Lt. Kevin Kraus said. Witness Angela Cinti, 20, of Bethel Park, said: "The screams just kept coming and coming: 'Someone help!
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November 5, 2012 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH - A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death Sunday after falling into the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. City police said the boy's 34-year-old mother had placed him in a standing position on a wooden railing overlooking the enclosure. "Almost immediately after that, he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the actual pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs," Lt. Kevin Kraus said. Witness Angela Cinti, 20, of Bethel Park, said: "The screams just kept coming and coming: 'Someone help.
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November 2, 2011 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, zalotm@phillynews.com 215-854-5928
AN AFRICAN elephant that used to call the Philadelphia Zoo home will soon show whether there's any truth to the saying that elephants never forget. The Philadelphia Zoo announced yesterday that Kallie, an elephant that was moved to the Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center in 2009 - along with Bette, another African elephant - was moved again yesterday, this time to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. There, Kallie will be reunited with three elephants she knew previously, zoo officials said.
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