Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Sometimes a story supplies its own punchline. This may be one of those.

Seems that a jaguar at a Denver zoo attacked and killed his handler yesterday. And no, that's not the joke. I'm irreverent, but I'm not a total prick. The "humor" comes from the names that zoo keepers gave to the killer jaguar and his "meaner" twin brother:
[the] twin was so mean that his handlers named him Osama . . . Osama was always the more dominant of the two, he was always rough with Jorge [the killer jaguar].
Yikes. And why did they name him Jorge, which is the Spanish variant for George? He was named for "President Bush." As zoo keepers explained:
[Osama] was always rough with Jorge. That was the relationship we saw between them. Jorge wasn't bad, really. I don't know what could have happened. Perhaps because he was so well-behaved, the trainer (in Denver) thought she could trust him. But you never know with wild animals.


Blogger Shane Rollins said...

Yes, but Jorge obviously killed the trainer because she was a threat to the security of the zoo and did what it thought was best for the zoo. Besides, she was secretly planning to blow up the zoo and run away with Osama

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Yeah, Jorge wondered why she was always defending his twin. He couldn't understand why she wasn't on his side.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Mr Furious said...

Jorge took "preventive" action because that zookeeper had been seen in Prague with Saddam and Atta.

A shame all around. I'm not going to get into the "evils of zoos." I love going to the zoo, and I have a serious infatuation with big cats.

I'm sure this zookeeper loved animals and was prepared to devote her life to them, and her death is tragic, and likely just a terrible mistake (failure to secure a latch or something), but it is a stark reminder that these are predators. It's just a shame that the had to kill Jorge as well.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Furious -

No doubt. Whether these incidents are someone's fault or not, it's always sad that the animal gets popped.

In this case, the trainer seems to have done nothing wrong, so it's a true tragedy (unlike loonies climbing into lions' dens to see if God saves them, etc.).

4:46 PM  

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