Reindeer Attacks Zoo Keepers Attack Reindeer
The Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus ) is a mid sized deer which ranges in huges herds through the near Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and the Americas. There is only one species of Reindeer but there are several subspecies. The numbers of all of these are in decline. The cause is directly related to climate change. This affects the terrain and food availibility.
Reindeer differ from most other deer in that both males and females have antlers. In North America the Reindeer is more commonly known as the Caribou. In parts of their range the Reindeer have been domesticated for thousands of years.
In a zoo situation all animals should be looked upon as wild. One persons pet animal can be extremely dangerous to others. Some animals can be extremely jealous and others just follow their natural instincts.
Animals with Antlers or Horns need an extra special eye kept upon them especially during the rut or when they are in breeding condition. An animal that is peaceful and unassuming on one day can be extremely dangerous on the next. The sap has risen over night. Rutting males can be extremely dangerous. All Zookeepers should be aware of this.
The following video shows what happens when a Zookeeper was not giving enough attention. What happens next is unforgivable. This is NOT the behaviour of professional zoo keepers. In fact the whole zoo world is disgusted and ashamed by the behaviour of the keepers in this video footage. Professional Zoo Staff have been working for years to develop positive reinforcement and yet here we see negative reinforcement in the extreme.
There is no excuse. My only thought are that these were not professional zoo staff but trainees and unsupervised trainees at that.
Hopefully the video will be around for years to show zoo staff what NOT to do.
SADLY AND REGRETFULLY THE VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE
(It can be accessed here however : http://www.break.com/index/reindeer-attacks-zookeeper.html )