12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.


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To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai,    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Botched Anesthesia Likely Caused Death of Kutai the Orangutan

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The lung hemorrhage that killed Oregon Zoo orangutan Kutai in January was likely caused by a failure to monitor his anesthesia during surgery, according to veterinary reports released this morning by Metro.Regional planning agency Metro fired zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan on Monday. Officials announced Thursday that the firings were a direct result of Kutai's death.The ...   More
 
Friday, May 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Metro Says It Fired Oregon Zoo Director Over Death of Orangutan

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Officials at Metro announced this morning that the director and chief veterinarian at the Oregon Zoo were fired for negligence in the death of a 20-year-old orangutan.The Sumatran orangutan, Kutai, died in January after a monthlong illness. Metro, the regional planning agency that oversees the zoo, says that it investigated his death and found "lapses in procedures and protocols were tolerated."The ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 AARON MESH

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