Five Minnesota Zoo meerkats destroyed after a girl was bitten did not have rabies after all, a zoo official said today. The 9-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was bitten Wednesday when she reached her hand into the animals' exhibit.Stupid zoo; why wouldn't there be any signs that say 'don't pet the animals.' Oh, there were signs? Moving right along . . .
The meerkats -- two mates and their three offspring born this spring -- had been vaccinated for rabies but were killed because the girl's parents didn't want her to have to undergo a series of rabies shots, said zoo collections manager Tony Fisher.Thank God for that. What could be worse than a 9-year old learning that there are sometimes unpleasant consequences for ignoring the signs?
The girl had climbed atop 3 feet of rock work and reached over a 4-foot glass barrier Wednesday afternoon when she was bitten. The entire family of meerkats was destroyed because it is unknown which one bit the girl, Fisher said.The least, and I mean the VERY least, these crappy humans could do is offer to pay the zoo for the replacement of the meerkat family. When I am governor, all zoo visitors will sign a waiver that allows zoo officials to tackle and forcibly vaccinate for rabies on the spot anyone (of any age) who breaches a barrier and makes contact with the animals.
Really, for your own good, and for the good of your precious, insulated, illiterate daughter, leave town.