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 re­sult­ing from being kicked by a greater kudu Greater kudu Eu­th­a­nized after trying to jump out of warthog enclosure. Mole rats (2) Unknown cause Guenther’s dik-dik Died during cas­tra­tion White rhi­noc­eros Died under anes­the­sia 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 elec­tric fence Crowned cranes (2) Run over by Disney tour vehicle