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#50!  Fete Accompli!  and it's only Sept 25.  
Since it's so special, let's keep it in motherland Britain.
Snake handler Dan Brandon, 31, was found in his home in Church Crookham, Fleet, suffocated to death, in the room in which he kept his snakes, with one pet out of it's pen.

Pythons have killed humans before but this could be the first time it has happened in Britain.  
What a lovely post for my 50th!
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Officials at the Minnesota Zoo say Nikko, reported to be the oldest snow monkey in North America, died Sunday at what the zoo believes was age 34.

A release from the zoo states Nikko was born Sept. 11, 1983. He arrived at the Minnesota Zoo in 2001.

The release states the average life expectancy for male snow monkeys is 34 years. For females, the average life expectancy is 39 years.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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Tony the Tiger -- from the Tiger Truck Stop just 30 miles from my house -- is no more.
RIP Tony, this really sucks.  We always stopped to see Tony on the way to N'awlins or wherever the hell.  Everyone did.
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Shamba, the oldest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta and one of the oldest gorillas in the United States, died Friday.  Zoo personnel reported that Shamba was discovered unresponsive by her care team, and the decision was made to euthanize her.  She was 58.

Western lowland gorillas are considered geriatric after the age of about 35, and Shamba was part of a group of super-senior gorillas. She and her female counterpart, 54-year-old Choomba, were fondly referred to as the “Golden Girls” by zoo staff.  Their male companion, 56-year-old Ozzie, is the oldest living male gorilla in the world. Choomba and Ozzie are both behaving normally following the loss of their group member, according to Zoo Atlanta.

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On 10/18/2017 at 13:11, Sir Creep said:

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Tony the Tiger -- from the Tiger Truck Stop just 30 miles from my house -- is no more.
RIP Tony, this really sucks.  We always stopped to see Tony on the way to N'awlins or wherever the hell.  Everyone did.
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On the way to the state fair, I drove by the Tiger Truck Stop yesterday for the first time since Tony's death, and didn't think about it till my mind noticed something as we passed -- the cages were gone and just a grassy area.  Like my mind expected something there and it was askew, and my mind started filling in the void with memories of the cage etc.  Had to explain to my daughter (7) that we couldn't see Tony any more he was in Tiger Heaven. 

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Her cat, Paddles, aged one.

 

 

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Officials say a rare white tiger has died at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The 21-year-old male tiger, named Akere, was recently diagnosed with non-treatable oral cancer. A zoo spokeswoman says the tiger was euthanized Wednesday.  Akere was in renal failure and had severe arthritis in his hips. 

The zoo says the tiger was the oldest of his kind in any accredited North American zoo. A tiger’s median life expectancy is 15 to 20 years.

Akere arrived in Cincinnati from Nashville in 1996 when he was just 9 months old.

 

For the record we have a white tiger at the Acadiana Zoo in Lafayette, LA that has been there since I moved there in 2008.  Will try to find out how old it is.

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Meerkats missing after fire at London Zoo.

 

Police and RSPCA are combing the cinemas and have questioned Carol Decker...

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The Los Angeles Zoo has euthanized its herd of Nubian ibex after determining the goats were infected with a highly contagious and incurable strain of herpes.

The zoo discovered the virus after six African antelope fell ill and died in October of malignant catarrhal fever. The zoo's Nubian ibex, typically found in the mountains of the Middle East, were identified as the source of the disease, which develops from a herpes virus usually carried asymptomatically.
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A tabby kitten named Bettie Bee was born with an incredible anomaly—she had two faces. Her rare condition is immediately fatal most of the time, but Bettie Bee beat the odds. 

On Friday, unfortunately, her luck ran out. The two-faced, three-eyed, two-mouthed kitten died at 16 days old, living 16 days longer than expected. 

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Since no one of any note whatsoever has died yet in 2018, I am considering Bettie Bee the 2-faced kitten as this year's first legit death.

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It was 2-faced....of COURSE it was female.
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A rhino has gored a senior zoo keeper at Mogo Zoo on the NSW South Coast.  The zoo said the woman's arm was injured about 12.50pm during a routine daily procedure with southern white rhino Kei.  She was treated for a penetrated wound in her left arm, which was also thought to be fractured.
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Piper the photogenic border collie with personality to spare was a four-legged celebrity when he began working the runways at (Traverse City, MI) Cherry Capital Airport, chasing away wildlife that could endanger planes and passengers.  His popularity was boundless. He rubbed paws with the U.S. Coast Guard crews stationed there, posed for pictures with the Blue Angels who dropped by for Cherry Festival shows, had his own A.M.A. on Reddit, and even went skydiving. 

But at the end of each day, he was happiest being hugged by his owner and handler, airport operations supervisor Brian Edwards.  
Piper died Wednesday night, euthanized after a year-long battle with prostate cancer.  :(
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Derby, the second-generation bat-retrieving golden retriever for the Trenton Thunder baseball team, died Saturday, the team announced.

Derby made headlines nationwide and was featured by ESPN for entertaining crowds by grabbing bats at home plate during games. He was 20 days shy of his 10th birthday. The cause of death was cancer.

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3 hours ago, Lard Bazaar said:

An old gorilla that lives down the road from me is dead

 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-wiltshire-42615224

Not just an 'old' gorilla.
One of the oldest silverback gorillas in the world has died at the age of 56.

Nico, who lived at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, UK, died in his sleep on Sunday, Jan. 7.

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A Florida man now living in Bali is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Jeff "Swede" Swedenhjelm fell 33 feet.  Villagers took him to a local hospital, where they found severe damage to his spinal cord. He currently is paralyzed from the chest down.  Lyric Swedenhjelm, who lives in Destin (FL), said the family is trying to get her father to a country with a spinal specialist. She said Swedenhjelm is in a medically induced coma and is on a ventilator.  The family has started a fundraising page on GoFundMe, which has already raised more than $36,000.

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Phantom, a horse, not our Phantom, has died after being stabbed in the groin during a jousting competition. Trod on a broken lance, severed a femoral artery.

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The world's 2nd oldest gorilla died Thursday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Vila was the matriarch of five generations and served as a surrogate mother for several hand-raised western lowland gorillas, according to the zoo. She celebrated her 60th birthday in October.
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