Jaguar that chewed off one of its paws

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A HORRIFIC list of an­i­mal deaths at a zoo in Cum­bria was re­vealed in Fe­bru­ary.

Among the 4 6 deaths be­tween Jan­uary 2013 and Septem­ber 2016 at South Lakes Sa­fari Zoo were a mon­key whose de­com­posed body was found be­hind a ra­di­a­tor and a jaguar put to sleep af­ter it chewed off one of its own paws.

In 2013, zookeeper Sarah McClay, 24, was mauled to death by a tiger as she cleaned its en­clo­sure, re­sult­ing in a £255,000 fine for a failure to en­sure the door was work­ing prop- erly. Other sick­en­ing in­ci­dents in­cluded a le­mur eaten by a tiger and a gi­raffe that had to be put down af­ter it fell on a slip­pery floor.

The park was set up by mil­lion­aire David Gill, 56, in 1994. The en­tre­pre­neur has pub­lished a book about his zoo-build­ing ex­ploits.

But ear­lier this year Mr Gill’s vi­sion of an an­i­mal utopia – where species are free to mix as they would in the wild even if it re­sults in deaths – was brought crash­ing down when his ap­pli­ca­tion for a fresh zoo li­cence was re­jected

by Barrow Bor­ough Coun­cil. A dossier high­light­ing wel­fare is­sues was pre­sented by the Cap­tive An­i­mals Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety and the zoo was or­dered to close pend­ing an ap­peal, forc­ing Mr Gill to step aside.

But re­mark­ably on May the zoo was granted a li­cence af­ter new com­pany Cum­bria Zoo Com­pany Lim­ited, headed by Mr Gill’s former chief ex­ec­u­tive, took over day-to-day man­age­ment. In­spec­tors said they were ‘highly en­cour­aged’ by im­proved stan­dards.

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