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Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:21 PM

A man stuck his hand in a jaguar pen at a Florida zoo, taunting the cat. He got clawed.

In his 21 years at the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Capt. Eric Prosswimmer said he had never responded to an animal incident taking place in the zoo — that is, until Wednesday, when a man was injured after reportedly sticking his arm inside the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ jaguar enclosure.

Prosswimmer, a public information officer, said authorities had transported the unnamed individual — who did not sustain life-threatening injuries — to the hospital after receiving a call around 4:30 p.m.

What led to this unusual event was a too-close encounter with Harry, the zoo’s 12-year-old jaguar, the Florida Times-Union reported.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens did not respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post. However, Kelly Rouillard, the zoo’s marketing director, told the local news outlets that the man had climbed over the waist-high safety barrier that separates visitors from the animals — then made “a foolish decision” to put his hand through the fence and taunt the wild cat.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2021/07/30/jacksonville-zoo-jaguar/

Florida man. Again.

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Reply A man stuck his hand in a jaguar pen at a Florida zoo, taunting the cat. He got clawed. (Original post)
Zorro Jul 2021 OP
dalton99a Jul 2021 #1
mchill Jul 2021 #2
SheltieLover Jul 2021 #12
mchill Jul 2021 #23
SheltieLover Jul 2021 #24
mchill Aug 2021 #29
SheltieLover Aug 2021 #30
mchill Aug 2021 #36
SheltieLover Aug 2021 #37
Midnight Writer Jul 2021 #3
MoonRiver Aug 2021 #33
tblue37 Jul 2021 #4
Sneederbunk Jul 2021 #5
rsdsharp Jul 2021 #16
Mosby Jul 2021 #6
sdfernando Jul 2021 #8
Mosby Jul 2021 #9
LiberatedUSA Jul 2021 #7
North Shore Chicago Jul 2021 #15
Wounded Bear Jul 2021 #10
SheltieLover Jul 2021 #13
getagrip_already Jul 2021 #21
Demovictory9 Jul 2021 #22
UpInArms Jul 2021 #11
Niagara Jul 2021 #14
lunatica Jul 2021 #17
The Magistrate Jul 2021 #18
roamer65 Jul 2021 #19
Hassin Bin Sober Jul 2021 #20
roamer65 Aug 2021 #25
ZonkerHarris Aug 2021 #26
NickB79 Aug 2021 #27
Mad_Machine76 Aug 2021 #28
Xavier Breath Aug 2021 #31
Meowmee Aug 2021 #32
lpbk2713 Aug 2021 #34
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 2021 #35

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:22 PM

1. Florida Man Is Very Smart

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:24 PM

2. Hope he didn't give the Big Cat COVID

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Response to mchill (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:21 PM

12. Most zoos are vaccijating for covid.

No worries!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #12)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 06:27 PM

23. Most or just starting?

I’m concerned about taking my cats into the Vet as they are now letting pet owners inside.

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Response to mchill (Reply #23)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 06:46 PM

24. Personally, I wouldn't unless it's unavoidable

I've seen headlines stating cats are particularly susceptable. Sorry no link, but you can google if interested.

I saw (& posted) an article 2-3 weeks ago about zoos vaccinating animals to protect against covid.

I had a conversation with a worker at my vet & said I wish there was a covid vax for dogs & he said they've had a coronavirus vax for 30 years. Apparently it is part of the multi vaxes dogs usually get. But couldn't say if it works for this covid.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #24)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 06:52 PM

29. I doubt it works for this COVID

There is a vaccine for cats for a different coronavirus, but recommended against (I think a nose spray)— must have to do with effectiveness. There is a coronavirus that infects most cats but in a small percent mutates to a fatal form causing the disease FIP. A precursor to Remdesivir was to be the therapeutic for cats with this mutated version of the more ubiquitous coronavirus but then COVID came along an Gilead switched gears. Just an FYI for anyone who has a cat with FIP and caught early, it can be obtained on the black market from China.

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Response to mchill (Reply #29)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 06:57 PM

30. I doubt that old vax works for this virus

I personally would not buy anything black market. 😰

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #30)

Mon Aug 2, 2021, 05:10 PM

36. It is what the Chinese use on their cats with FIP

There is a whole Facebook group dedicated to facilitating the purchase. Members of the group who have purchased and given daily injections for 7 (?) weeks are reporting success. The breeder of my cats used it on a kitten successfully. When the alternative is certain death….I think the success rate is about 90% but doesn’t work if the medication is started too late in the course of the disease. The use of this particular drug was trialed by Nels Pederson DVM at UC Davis Vet School and he laments that Gilead dropped the ball on their trials and let the Chinese run with it. The group has sussed out the good manufacturers from China.

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Response to mchill (Reply #36)

Mon Aug 2, 2021, 05:13 PM

37. Glad to hear it is helping kitties

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:25 PM

3. No doubt emulating his "grab'em by the pussy" hero.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 07:04 PM

33. Probably just got the terms confused

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:26 PM

4. F around & find out.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:28 PM

5. We need man's name for shaming purposes.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:49 PM

16. We pretty much already know who he voted for.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:35 PM

6. If this keeps happening Zoos are going to make it harder

To see the animals. There was another incident just the other day in San Diego at the elephant enclosure.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:44 PM

8. Hadn't heard about the San Diego incident

Do tell, I live just down the street from the zoo.

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:47 PM

9. A guy took his 2 yo into the enclosure

Video at link. They are going to ruin the Zoo experience for everyone.

https://nypost.com/2021/03/22/video-shows-dad-enter-san-diego-elephant-enclosure-with-child/

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:36 PM

7. Did he put any sauce on it?

 

If you’re going to feed yourself to a wild animal, the least you can do is provide the dipping sauce.

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Response to LiberatedUSA (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:28 PM

15. Indeed

Should have applied tons and tons of CATsup for kitty. What a fool endangering himself (don't care much) and the big cat for whom I do care.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:48 PM

10. There's a reason they say, "Quick as a cat."

Testing your reflexes against a jungle cat is an exercise in Darwinism.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:22 PM

13. No kidding!

Covididiot, no doubt!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 03:07 PM

21. even a housecat is not to be messed with....

They will get your hand if you keep it to close them dangling a toy. They are very fast when attacking. Much faster than a hoomahn.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #21)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 03:57 PM

22. Yep..and will pretend not to.care until its too late for your hand

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:08 PM

11. Play stupid games

Win stupid prizes

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:27 PM

14. Here kitty kitty....

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:54 PM

17. Jaguar fixes stupid

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:54 PM

18. Do Not Taunt Happy Furball...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 02:56 PM

19. Jaguar...

Ah...lunch!

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #19)

Sat Jul 31, 2021, 03:07 PM

20. Finger sandwiches!

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 02:25 AM

25. Hot dogs!

Kitty likes tube steaks!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 02:41 AM

26. the zoo will not take any actions against the jaguar and would also not press charges against

the zoo will not take any actions against the jaguar and would also not press charges against the man, who they do not believe was acting out of “malicious intent.”

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 08:44 AM

27. Too bad it wasn't his dick

Darwin was so close to getting his daily sacrifice

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 08:45 AM

28. FAFO

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 06:58 PM

31. Must have misunderstood the intent

of that Cat Scratch Fever song.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 07:02 PM

32. They should make it impossible to climb over any barriers.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 07:06 PM

34. Here, hold my beer ...



while I put my hand inside this cage.


Big stupid.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Aug 1, 2021, 07:08 PM

35. Lucky it was just a scratch

The Jaguar has the strongest bite of all the big cats with about 2000 pounds of force. The dufus could've been minus a hand.

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