Weather
19 °C

Search form

Powered by xpats.com

You are here

Recent articles

May 27, 2015

Telecom giant Skype has denied access to suspects’ calls in a Belgian police investigation, and i...

May 27, 2015

There are currently no planes able to land or take off in Belgium due to a power outage at air tr...

May 27, 2015

The national rail authority SNCB has warned of severe disruption to services as a result of a str...

May 27, 2015

In 2014, 23 children were placed for domestic adoption in Belgium, a decrease compared to 2013 (2...

Snow leopard on the loose in Belgium shot

Dec 18, 2013
8

Authorities near the Belgian city of Liege were forced to shoot and kill a snow leopard that escaped a zoo Tuesday night. The news comes as a sad ending for the animal that arrived from Austria only two weeks ago.

The leopard escaped through a window Tuesday morning at the Monde Sauvage safari park around 10am, spurring an intense search that included tracking dogs carried on throughout the day until the early hours of Wednesday.  

According to zoo officials, the animal was finally found in a parking lot inside the park, but security was left with no choice but to shoot.

Students in the area were kept indoors for safety precautions, as residents feared the animal was loose in the neighbourhood. Zoo officials are investigating to find out how the animal was able to escape. 

Comment
acsonline Dec 18, 2013 13:26

There was no need to shoot-to-kill this beautiful, rare and courageous leopard, far more terrified than terrifying presumably. "Security had no option"? Is that so? "Security" could have used tranquiliser darts and other non lethal methods. You do not make the headlines that way, of course... Honi soit...

Comment
janrobinson Dec 18, 2013 14:05

I support absolutely the comment above. The snow leopard is on the Red List of globally endangered species, so I am appalled by the handling of this incident (not to mention the fact that it could occur at all). Were no checks made before such a precious creature was entrusted to this facility?

Comment
Rijke Dec 18, 2013 16:38

Can't believe this happened. What a mess! Who gave the order? Did they not know how few of these beautiful animals currently remain. Totally agree with the comments above. Really appalled by the decision.

Comment
R.Harris Dec 18, 2013 19:35

To the three comments above: Were you there? Do you have intimate knowledge of the circumstances? No? Well then your opinions aren't worth much.

Comment
acsonline Dec 18, 2013 22:37

@R.HARRIS: And were YOU there?? -- Furthermore: you need not be on the spot to voice an opinion. This killing was ignorant and WRONG. So I beg to differ...

Comment
rocatwoman Dec 19, 2013 10:57

It doesn't matter who was there at the time to understand this situation. Yes, it's a shame they shot the snow leopard but, it comes down to human safety. This is the fault of the zoo security/person who was in charge of safety for this snow leopard. They are the fault for the death of this awesome creature :-( we are all human and are not perfect but, we also must not be complaisant in any way regarding any animal, no matter what the size of window that may have been left open. We do not leave anything to chance

Comment
DaniMayes Dec 20, 2013 12:56

No matter what the situation was - tranquiliser shots should have been used. We as humans, imprisoning animals like that - for any reason - good or bad - are ultimately responsible for these animals. There is no excuse for security not to have these measures available at all times. It's disgusting. R.Harris - you are a disgrace and the Zoo is a disgrace.

Comment
wadadlicat Jul 8, 2014 14:50

Why on earth could they not use tranquilliser darts? Poor animal! And as others have pointed out, a species already on the endangered list. Appalling!

Events & Social

Enrich your social life!

Upcoming

27 May
27.05.2015
Bruxelles-Ville / Stad Brussel
27 May
27.05.2015
Brussels/Saint-Gilles
27 May
27.05.2015
Brussels (Etterbeek)

Popular

31 May
31.05.2015
Brussels
by Agora TCC
7 Jun
07.06.2015
Wezembeek-Oppem
by Brussels Childbirth Trust asbl
4 Jul
04.07.2015
Chiny
by ASUB-Orientation

Local offers

Great deals & discounts

Twitter