Written by PETA
It's hard to imagine a more terrifying way to die than being
trapped in a cage as flood waters rise around you. Yet that was the fate of
Ryan and Esther, two bison at Pennsylvania's ZooAmerica
who died when they were left to fend for themselves after torrential rains flooded
the zoo. "The
two bison that were in the enclosure, their heads were barely above water and
they were panicking," describes a witness.
Even though local officials had issued warnings about the
coming flood, Ryan and Esther were simply moved to "higher" ground. Esther
drowned, and Ryan was shot
when it became clear that rescue was impossible.
Please join PETA in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to conduct a formal investigation into Ryan's and Esther's
by Jennifer O'Connor
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