Saturday, December 10, 2005

Shot by Police

On the heels of the mentally-ill man shot at the airport comes a dead chimp.

If all the facts are as they've been reported, I think the airport case was a tragedy but that the marshals were not in the wrong.

I worked a summer at the zoo and know chimps can be dangerous (one keeper had part of a finger bitten off) but have to wonder about the English police. Two orangutans escaped from the Columbus Zoo several years ago and Ohio police captured them (eventually) without incident (basis of one of Jack Hannah's books). Orangutans are more physically powerful than chimps (you don't want to mess with Dr. Zaius) so I wonder if the English shooting was necessary.

Here's a police shooting that's a little lighter.

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