Zoo Wars~This is NOT Okay…!!! Two Stump Hill Tiger Cubs Die At Reynoldsburg ODA Facility
So where is the USDA?!?
No where to be found-I wrote complaining of the facility with extreme concern for the cubs-Guess no one was paying attention to my complaint-Apparently it takes multiple complaints to the USDA for action -Please file YOUR complaint immediately for the animals and the sake of animal ownership.
Talking points: Multiple deaths of animals staying at the Reynoldsburg facility, intentionally placing animals in harms way with inexperienced care providers, it was not OK to leave cubs with their mother after recently tranquilizing her and relocating to an unfamiliar place with inexperienced people providing care-or not providing proper care.
You should ask why the USDA has not already intervened considering the death and poor care already demonstrated at that facility!!! Remind them they are responsible for animal welfare.
Report that the ODA is NOT obeying federal laws and regulations that govern these animals including the endangered species act as well as state and federal laws concerning seized property!!! The Attorney Generals of both state and federal should be contacted about the movement of seized property over county and state lines as illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful with regards to seized property and International laws concerning endangered species.
Stinks of a Jack Hanna political move if you were to ask me!!! Furthermore, where is the chimpanzee with no report of his condition before being moved!?! The state of Ohio has no business seizing animals with illegal, unconstitutional regulations attached to ownership of animals with longstanding owners!!!
Two of four cubs born to seized Stump Hill tiger have died
State Department of Agriculture officials say the remaining two cubs have been removed from the state’s facility in Reynoldsburg and taken to the Columbus Zoo.
Two of the four tiger cubs born last week at a state facility where their mother is being housed after she was taken from a Perry Township animal sanctuary have died.
The remaining two cubs have been removed from their mother’s care.
Erica Hawkins, communications director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said the cubs were found dead Friday morning. Officials are not sure what happened to the animals and autopsies will be completed. The remaining two cubs have been taken to the Columbus Zoo.
Angel, a tiger seized from Stump Hill Farm on May 4, gave birth to two cubs on May 6, and the other two the following day. Last week, Hawkins said the animals were thriving.
Angel, along with four other tigers, two pumas, two baboons and a chimpanzee were removed from the farm by state officials per an administrative order from the agriculture department director. The state said Stump Hill owner Cyndi Huntsman does not have a permit required by Ohio’s new dangerous wild animal law. Huntsman believes a permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources allows her to keep the animals.
The animals were taken to the state’s facility in Reynoldsburg until they could be placed in sanctuaries contracted by the agriculture department. The chimpanzee already is in an out-of-state facility.
Hawkins said caretakers at the facility did not intervene with the mother’s care of her cubs.
“It was important for the mother to get the opportunity to rear her cubs,” she said. “We knew she (Angel) was capable of giving birth but what we didn’t know is if she could care for the cubs. This tiger may have never had an opportunity to raise cubs.”
Veterinarian Randy Juge, vice president of animal health at the Columbus Zoo, said sometimes mothers will unintentionally or intentionally harm their cubs both in captivity and in nature.
“It’s not unheard of for a mother to lose part of her litter and then go on and successfully raise cubs later,” he said. “We don’t know anything about the babies or the mom. All we know is something happened. We know nothing of the mother’s history. Was she hand-raised, mother-raised? Did she have cubs before?”
Juge said even in a carefully monitored situation with much more information, it’s hard to predict why one cub survives and another doesn’t.
The vet said the two remaining cubs — a male and female — were examined and blood and glucose samples were taken when they arrived at the zoo. Both are stable and in an intensive care unit receiving round the clock care.
The cubs, who still have closed eyes, will be bottle-fed about every three to four hours for several weeks.
State officials do not expect the cubs stay at the zoo to be too long. Hawkins said plans are being finalized with a contracted sanctuary where they intend to send Angel and her two remaining cubs. The cubs will not be put back with their mother, she said.
The death of the cubs came as another blow in a line of setbacks for Huntsman.
When contacted by phone, Huntsman’s response to the news was, “imagine that.” She referred The Independent to her attorney, John Juergensen who cited the deaths as further evidence that the state should never have removed the animals from Huntsman’s care.
“There was absolutely no reason to take them,” he said. “Cyndi would have cared for them like they’re her own children. They are not being taken care of by the state and this is just proof.”
Juergensen said he will consider with Huntsman additional legal action “for the mistreatment of the animals.”
On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with the state in ruling that Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione did not have the authority to order the return of the seized animals to Huntsman. The justices said Forchione’s authority in the matter did not extend beyond granting a search warrant giving the state permission to enter Huntsman’s property.
Forchione had issued the order to return the animals after discovering that Huntsman was working with the state to resolve permit issues and that a hearing had already been set for August. The state had filed, and won a legal challenge through the higher court blocking Forchione’s order.
What they didn’t know…?!? Let’s see no one knew the tiger was pregnant which is already a BIG question…They tranquilized her, she gives birth is a strange place with strange people at a place that offers no sunlight and fresh air and they say they didn’t know if the animals was capable or not of caring for her cubs-How about that they need to be inspected regarding animal welfare and obeying all laws and regulation concerning animal welfare and illegally moving seized property against state and federal regulations…!!!
The Ohio Department of Regulations seems to know very little about exotic animals, enforcing regulations and obeying current laws and regulations for seized property-Seems to me the ODA doesn’t have a clue about much…!!!
We can all thank John Kasich for the creation of these regulations and the improper responsibility he has assumed when he signed into law.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B