rss

Register

20 °C
Brussels, Belgium

Search form

Powered by xpats.com

You are here

Recent articles

Jul 25, 2014

Three years after he said goodbye to politics to become director of the Union of Belgian Brewers,...

Jul 25, 2014

The municipality of Sint-Katelijne-Waver, in Antwerp province, is Belgium's first town to offer f...

Jul 25, 2014

A plan to grow poppies all over Flanders to mark the centenary of the First World War has failed,...

Jul 25, 2014

The average Belgian last year ate 50kg of meat, confirming the downward trend of recent years, ac...

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!

Take a peek inside the state offices of the Belgian monarchs as the Royal Palace opens its doors for the summer.

Summer has nearly reached its midway point and with the return of the academic school year just around the corner, those thinking of taking up or continuing academic studies need to start taking action.

It’s fireworks and fiesta as Belgium celebrates its national day on Monday. Now a firm fixture in Brussels, the Bal National on Sunday evening is an old-fashioned knees-up in the lively Marolles district.

Events & Social

Enrich your social life!

Upcoming

27 Jul
27.07.2014
Brussels
by Agora - The Company Coach
31 Jul
31.07.2014
Brussels
by Dunhill Financial, SPRL
3 Aug
03.08.2014 to 16.08.2014
Stavelot
by Festival de Wallonie

Popular

9 Aug
09.08.2014
by WE date
31 Aug
31.08.2014
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre
by Royal Thai Embassy
6 Dec
06.12.2014
Brussels
by Antenatal & Baby Brussels

Reviews

Books, restaurants, CDs and more

Jobs

Find the job that suits you