Animal obituaries

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2006:

Norman, 15, the pet pig for whom the White Pig Bed &
Breakfast vegan retreat in Schuyler, Virginia, was named, died on
September 18, 2006.

Sher Khan, 22, the oldest hybrid African/Asiatic lion in
India, died on September 24 at the Tata Steel Zoological Park in
Jamshedpur. The Central Zoo Authority in December 2004 ordered that
all of the 300 hybrid lions in Indian zoos should be sterilized, to
keep the captive Asiatic lion population genetically distinct. The
Chatbir Zoo in Punjab had bred nearly 100 hybrid lions.

Murphy, 4, the North Carolina Zoo groundhog “weather
forecaster,” brought to the zoo wildlife rehabilitation center in
May 2002, died on September 17, 2006.

Rupert, a 15-to-18-year-old Aust-ralian black swan “known
for chasing lifeguards and boaters” at Newport Beach, California,
“whose love affair with a younger mate captivated the beach
community,” according to Associated Press writer Christina Almeida,
was killed on September 13, 2006 when hit by an Orange County Harbor
Patrol boat that was rushing to recover floating human remains. His
mate Pearl was killed by an oil slick in 2002.

Juliet, a carriage horse at Central Park in New York City
since 1989, collapsed and died on September 15, 2006.
Anti-carriage horse industry demonstrators memorialized her on
September 21.

Enshala, 14, a Sumatran tiger, escaped from her quarters
at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, at closing time on August
22, 2006. Zoo president Lex Salis-bury shot her after a
tranquilizer dart failed to drop her, putting zoo vet David Murphy
in potential jeopardy. Enshala had begun climbing a seven-foot wall,
approaching a public area, when Salisbury fired.

Bonnie, a sacred white buffalo who lived at the Love Animal
House in Thailand, fell into an old well on August 25, 2006, and
died from a broken neck. Her remains were reportedly stolen,
butchered, and eaten that night in a nearby village.

Lucy, 46, a elephant captured in Africa, sold to the
Milwaukee County Zoo in 1962, was euthanized on September 1.

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