Friday, May 18, 2007

More evidence that plastic bags are evil

My mother-in-law told me about this when we were at the zoo last week.

The Saint Louis Zoo is sad to announce that our male polar bear, Churchill, died on May 27 (2005). Our long-time resident had undergone stomach surgery by the Zoo’s veterinary staff to remove an obstruction...Surgery showed that a piece of cloth and bits of black plastic trash bag had obstructed the pyloric region.

UPDATE:
Nice blog by commenter Michelle!

4 comments:

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Quick question: Did Churchill's death recently occur or sometime ago? I ask because the article says that he died on May 27th, so I'm not sure if the article cited an incorrect date.

To be sure, this is a tragedy nonetheless.

Kathy Schrenk said...

That's a good question; I tried to find a year in the press release, but could not; after searching the web (it was more difficult to find this info than I thought it would be!), I found this article that indicates it happened in 2005.
http://www.newstribune.com/articles/2005/07/02/news_state/0702050016.txt

Matthew said...

I was a little surprised that they let this happen again.

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for conducting an online investigation to answer my question! I was unsuccessful in my search to figure out the date of Churchill's death.

As you may know, I cross-referenced your post on my blog. I hope you don't mind if I updated my blog with this new information!

Cheers,
:0)
M

PS: And thanks for posting an update linking your blog to mine! :0) M