Justice for Endangered Tiger Killed Due to Careless Mistake

Target: The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden

Goal: Protect animals from careless actions by workers.

An endangered tiger was killed by a sheriff at the Naples Zoo due to an apparent careless act by a zoo worker. This worker was not meant to be anywhere near the animals or the tiger enclosure. Eko, an 8-year-old Malayan tiger that arrived in 2019 to the zoo was apparently approached by a worker meant to clean restrooms and gift shops after hours. It is unknown whether this worker entered to feed or pet Eko. He was not meant or trained to be near the tiger or any of the animals. The man reportedly approached the tiger, reaching his arm into the fencing of the enclosure. The tiger grabbed the man’s arm out of fear and protecting himself because this man was not a familiar face for the tiger. When a sheriff arrived on the scene, he was “forced to shoot the tiger” after the tiger would not let go. Thus, resulting in killing an extremely endangered species.

Malayan tigers are found at the southern tip of Thailand. They are critically threatened by poachers and habitat loss in their homeland. Eko being at the Naples Zoo was meant to keep him safe but ultimately is the reason he was killed. He died because of an apparent careless human act. The zoo had no further comment after explaining the incident in general detail. Sign the petition below to demand that the Naples Zoo come out with a statement to console the public that they will advance security to keep their animals safe and protect the critically endangered species from workers that are not trained to be around the animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden,

The zoo is meant to keep critically endangered species safe from what they would be experiencing in their homeland. It is disheartening to hear this story. Not coming out with a statement that rules will be enforced or security will be enhanced shows that the animals residing there do not mean as much as they should to the zoo. The worker who is apparently responsible for this should be held accountable for his alleged actions that resulted in Eko’s death.

Please train workers more effectively on why they should not interact with animals if it is not their duty to do so. Highlight the importance of these animals by having better security to keep them safe. Come out with a statement condemning the behavior of the worker that apparently broke into the tiger enclosure. Lastly, express the zoo’s remorse and take accountability for what happened to Eko. Eko deserves justice and recognition and endangered species at the zoo deserve safety and security.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe


12 Comments

  1. The answer is to fire the deputee and jail him. He was “forced” to shoot. They have tasers, pepper sprays, and God forbid get a tranq gun. That worker needs to be locked up as well. The cop needs a 60 yr sentence and the worker needs a 20 yr sentence.

  2. Also in DeBary, FL a Black bear mother was murdered by FWC because the bear “could” not be redeemed. Some woman was messing with a bear by shooing her rather than leave the bear be. She got a couple of scratches. They could have relocated the bear to a wild area. The bear did not come to the neighborhood! The neighborhood came to the bear! The FWC has a bunch of “developers” and hunters on the board. That is the problem! That woman needs to be locked up and that thug who murdered the bear needs the same punishment. I prefer life w/o parole or the death penalty.

  3. STOP KILLING ANIMALS BECAUSE OF IDIOTS says:

    THIS IS DIRECTLY CAUSED BY DISGUSTING PROGRAMS ON CRIMINALS THAT CALL THEMSELVES TIGER KINGS THAT PROFIT FROM ABUSING WILD ANIMALS BY INVITING IDIOTS TO PET THEM THEN AIRED ON NETFLIX ETC. THIS IDIOT EMPLOYEE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT NOT THE TIGER.

  4. shot the wrong one.

  5. Carmen you are 10000000000% right. That thug in blue shot the wrong one. See my prior comments.

  6. Thuis vile,incompetent,animal killing zoo employeee requires extermination and nothing less.

  7. They should’ve cut the dead shits arm off instead!!!!
    Poor Innocent Tiger, killed because of some fuckwits stupidity.

  8. This is horrible!! But this petition writer… amazing!! Wow

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