Botched Anesthesia Likely Caused Death of Kutai the Orangutan


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


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

Oregon Zoo Director and Top Veterinarian Both Out


The Oregon Zoo's director and its chief veterinarian are both out of a job.Regional planning agency Metro, which runs the zoo, announced this afternoon that Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan are no longer employed there. General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues Teri Dresler is taking over zoo operations, Metro spokesman Jim Middaugh confirms to WW."It's Metro policy ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Metro President Tom Hughes Says He'll Seek Reelection


Metro President Tom Hughes says he is seeking reelection, making him one of the first local candidates to plant a flag in next year's races. In his first three years atop the regional planning agency, Hughes, the former mayor of Hillsboro, championed a successful campaign for a $10 million property-tax levy to upgrade and maintain Metro parklands, and dealt with the fallout from revelations a newborn ...   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Headout: We Got the Beasts

Who do the Oregon Zoo’s rock-’n’-roll animals dig more: Huey Lewis, The B-52s or the Go-Go’s?

The animals of the Oregon Zoo might as well be living in Guantanamo Bay—or at least in the town from Footloose. Within the animals’ gilded cages, rock ’n’ roll is contraband: A sign at the   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Packy the Elephant "So Depressed" He Won't Communicate With Psychic

"He can't even connect with us," an animal-rights activist says


Packy, the Oregon Zoo's iconic Asian elephant, turns 51 this Sunday. That's a milestone of middle age that could make anybody gloomy.But Packy's blues may go deeper than that.A vocal contingent has argued for years that Packy, the first elephant born in captivity in the modern era, is wildly unhappy. They cite his chronic foot problems and compulsive head-bobbing. When it sought a $125 million bond ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 AARON MESH

Senate Says Publicly Run Restaurants Need Inspections

WW Story on Norovirus at Oregon Zoo Restaurant Prompts Legislation


The Oregon Senate voted today to require restaurants run by public entities to undergo routine health inspections.The 29-0 vote eliminates the inspection exception for publicly-run restaurants. The legislation comes on the heels of reporting by WW in December that revealed the Oregon Zoo had not been inspected by Multnomah County since 2006. Earlier that month, 135 people were sickened by norovirus ...   More
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Scoop: Cinema 21 Looks to Expand

This gossip uses Sriracha just like ketchup.

TRUNKS 1, DRUNKS 0: The Oregon Zoo’s annual beer festival, Zoo Brew, has been trampled by elephants. Scoop has learned the zoo will discontinue the annual beer fest because the space where it wa   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 WW Culture Staff

A Recipe For Safer Eating

Lawmakers want government-run restaurants to undergo health inspections.

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Two Portland legislators say they want to close the loophole in state law that allows government-run restaurants to escape health inspections. The proposal comes after 135 people got sick from e   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 ERIN FENNER

Murmurs: Oregon Zoo’s Norovirus Woes

Would you like fries with that?

The Oregon Zoo has apologized to a family whose 9-month-old son needed emergency medical attention after getting sick following a meal at the zoo’s Cascade Grill. Mitali Kulkarni says she and    More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 WW Editorial Staff


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