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Old 05-23-2013, 04:29 AM
 
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Not meant to be a debate over zoos, just what happened. I went to the local zoo the other day (Rosamond Gifford in Syracuse). We passed the Fisher's cage (weasel type animal I'm not that acquainted with). He/she was frantically pacing back and forth within the gated enclosure, tens of times in the few minutes we were there. He was beyond distressed and it was very upsetting.
I emailed the zoo to ask them to give him a larger enclosure or put another animal in w/ him. No response, acknowledgement, etc. I wonder how many other of their animals display this behavior? I read up this repetitive behavior is a sure sign of stress, awful to see!
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I agree. They are not doing a good job with this animal and need to correct the situation. Does your state have some kind of regulations on how zoo animals are kept? If so perhaps you could notify them as well.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:38 AM
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Fishers are NASTY animals. It was probably pacing because it viewed you as a delicious snack just out of reach.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Fishers are NASTY animals. It was probably pacing because it viewed you as a delicious snack just out of reach.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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harry is right,,,they are vicious...they go after cats and dogs up here, and squirrels ,,,,whatever they can get


i've watched one of these fishers..go after a chipmunk once,,,and they both were so fast!!

these are very high strung animals...
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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I volunteered for several years at a zoo in a major city and noticed that all the cat species did the same thing, and it's disconcerting. Predators want to hunt, and they aren't able to move about enough in even decent-sized cages. Cats are my least favorite animals to see in zoos for this reason, and the fisher you saw would go on my list, too.
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