It is ironic: we've all heard that cats have 9 lives, but now we can show you more than 9 reasons why they may not!
The 18-month-old got his neck tangled in a cable used by keepers to open and close his cage.
USDA has opened a public comment period to gather information and determine whether to amend the animal welfare act regulations to prohibit all public contact with big cats of any age, and to prohibit removing young from their mother prior to normal weaning age.
The USDA is responding to a petition by HSUS, WWF, Born Free and other activists requesting these changes.
The information on the page contains a hyperlink to the actual petition, and a link to the government public comment web page. You can read more about this at
When I began to study the great cats nearly half a century ago, their sheer magnificence enthralled me: Tigers striding on velvet paws through the forests of India's Kanha National Park, secure in their power, dignity, and flaming beauty; prides of Serengeti lions sprawling in the shade of acacias, poured like honey over the golden grass; snow leopards flowing as mere cloud shadows along Himalayan crags; and jaguars roaming mysteriously alone in the great swamps of Brazil's Pantanal. Yet today I behold these icons of wildness and wilderness with concern, knowing that their fates rest solely with humankind.