Disney's Unnatural Selection

Harper’s Magazine, August 1998, p. 29.

“The fol­low­ing list is taken from an April 22 report by the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture on its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of several widely pub­li­cized animal deaths at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park opened in Orlando, Florida, on the day of the report’s release. The report cleared Disney of any wrongdoing.”

ANIMAL CAUSE OF DEATH
Black rhino Per­fo­rated colon and di­aphragm after eating a 21-inch-long stick
Greater kudu Pneu­mo­nia
Cheetah cubs (4) Drank poison
South­ern gerenuk Failure to thrive
Chin­chilla rabbits (8) Ma­ter­nal neglect
Nile hip­popota­mus Sudden onset of sep­ticemia
Guinea hog Died under anes­the­sia during routine ex­am­i­na­tion
Mhorr’s gazelle In­juries re­sult­i ng from being kicked by a greater kudu
Greater kudu Eu­th­a­nized after tr ying to jump out of warthog enclosure.
Mole rats (2) Unknown cause
Guenther’s dik-dik Died during cas­ tra­tion
White rhi­noc­eros Died under anes­ the­sia during routine ex­am­i­na­tion
Ori­en­tal small-clawed otters (2) Ate poi­so­nous loquat seeds
Thomson’s gazelle In­juries likely re­sult­ing from being kicked by an ostrich
Mhorr’s gazelle Cere­bral trauma of an unknown cause
Sabel an­te­lope En­tan­gled in ele c­tric fence
Crowned cranes (2) Run over by Disn ey tour vehicle