Uploaded: , Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
By Marcia Mayeda
Paging Noah . . .
In final month’s weblog I listed the many uncommon animals DACC has impounded all through the years. I challenged readers to guess which two species of animals that DACC has not impounded, promising to disclose the reply on this month’s weblog.
The animals had been: African gray parrot, African lion, African spur thigh tortoise, Bactrian camel, badger, ball python, barn owl, bearded dragon, boa constrictor, bobcat, capybara, coachwhip snake, Cooper’s hawk, desert tortoise, dolphin, ferret, nice horned owl, hedgehog, jaguar, king snake, Nile monitor lizard, nutria, okapi, pushmi pullyu, pink tailed python, reticulated python, Savannah monitor lizard, sea lion, screech owl, sulfur crested cockatoo, and tiger.
Before I get to the reply, I feel you may be all in favour of studying about one other extraordinarily uncommon wild animal case we had. In 2019, we had been knowledgeable that the Wildlife Waystation was closing after 43 years of operation. The Waystation, situated on 160 acres in unincorporated Los Angeles County close to Sylmar and Tujunga, had served as a sanctuary for undesirable or abused wild and unique animals that had no place to go. Unfortunately, after financially struggling for a few years the Waystation was unable to proceed.
Many former circus animals, zoo animals, and unique pets had been there, in addition to chimpanzees rescued from laboratories. The wild species had been regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and typically the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). There had been additionally domesticated animals that had been below DACC’s jurisdiction.
The 434 animals current included the following wild mammals: 42 chimpanzees, 11 tigers, 10 bears (black, grizzly, and Russian brown), 8 African lions, 7 mountain lions, 13 wolves, 6 wolf hybrids, 3 noticed hyenas, 2 leopards, 3 African crested porcupines, 5 baboons, 7 capuchin monkeys, 6 kinkajous, 3 lemurs (ring-tailed and ruffed), 1 patas monkey, 3 spider monkeys, 1 jungle cat, 1 savannah cat, 4 servals, 2 bison, 4 bobcats, 2 chinchillas, 2 coatimundis, 5 coyotes, 3 ferrets, 4 foxes (grey, pink, and equipment), 1 groundhog, 3 hedgehogs, 3 opossums, and 4 raccoons.
The birds included 12 Amazon parrots, 8 blue and gold macaws, 12 cockatiels, 1 cockatoo, 2 eclectus parrots, 5 inexperienced wing macaws, 1 Hahn’s macaw, 4 army macaws, 5 Moluccan cockatoos, 2 nanday conures, 1 parakeet, 1 African gray parrot, 2 Senegal parrots, 2 extreme macaws, 3 umbrella cockatoos, 1 yellow-crowned Amazon parrot, 1 toucan, 1 golden eagle, 1 emu, 4 roosters, 13 doves, 4 geese of various species, 7 geese (Canada, Egyptian, snow, and Chinese), 2 red-tailed hawks, 3 owls (barn, nice horned, long-eared), 2 peacocks, 8 pheasants (Chinese ring-necked, Chinese golden, chukar), 2 pigeons, 2 ravens, 3 swans, and 1 turkey vulture. And a partridge in a pear tree (simply kidding).
The reptiles included 2 anacondas, 7 American alligators, 1 caiman, 1 alligator snapping turtle, 6 inexperienced iguanas, 1 Argus monitor lizard, 1 Nile monitor lizard, 1 savannah monitor lizard, 4 ball pythons, 2 Burmese pythons, 5 Colombian boas, 4 gopher snakes, 3 kingsnakes, 1 rattlesnake, 2 red-tailed boas, 1 reticulated python, 2 rock pythons, 1 Colombian tegu, 4 desert tortoises, 1 leopard tortoise, 1 ornate field tortoise, 8 Russian tortoises, 16 sulcata tortoises, 4 field turtles, 20 red-eared sliders, and a couple of snapping turtles. There was additionally a pond containing quite a few koi fish.
The home animal rely consisted of three alpacas, 2 canine, 13 pigs (massive hogs in addition to pygmy pigs), 7 goats of various breeds, 3 llamas, 1 mule, 9 horses, 2 sheep, and three rabbits.
The CDFW stepped in to take management of the facility and guarantee the wild animals had been correctly cared for whereas they recognized new properties for them in sanctuaries or zoos round the nation. DACC employees was there each day for ten months, helping the CDFW and offering look after the domesticated animals.
DACC dealt with the rehoming of all the home animals, birds, and bison. The bison joined the present bison herd at William S. Hart Park in Newhall and will be seen by guests at the moment. Our Equine Response Team volunteers helped with the trailering and transporting of the animals, and one volunteer (a fish specialist) dealt with the relocation of the koi fish. It was a really profitable partnership and all the wild animals had been positioned with zoos or different sanctuaries, apart from the chimpanzees. They will likely be rehomed when the receiving sanctuaries’ amenities presently below development are finalized for his or her arrival.
Now, on to the reply to final month’s weblog query. Which two species of animals did DACC not impound?
It wasn’t the Bactrian camel. We impounded Wally the Bactrian camel in 2014 after he escaped his corral in Acton and critically attacked a 72-year-old man strolling in the neighborhood. Wally was quarantined at our Lancaster animal care heart for six months for rabies commentary and his proprietor was convicted on a misdemeanor rely of failing to restrict his animal.
It wasn’t the capybara, the world’s largest rodent who hails from a semi-aquatic habitat in South America. Our Agoura Hills animal care heart responded to a name in Thousand Oaks, the place a resident found a younger capybara of their yard. The yard was lushly landscaped, and the capybara was having fun with a swim in the pool! She was pleasant, and we positioned her with a licensed wildlife facility who offers animals for filming. Not too lengthy after, I noticed an advert on TV for a cell phone firm, wherein the person of the cell phone was calling to report a capybara in her yard. I can’t assist however suppose our case was an inspiration for this promoting marketing campaign, and which may have even been our capybara in the advert.
It wasn’t the dolphin or sea lion. DACC used to reply to requires marine mammals and birds and has helped these animals in the previous. However, in 2002 we entered into an settlement with Marine Animal Rescue to reply to these calls on our behalf. They are a lot better geared up to deal with the distinctive wants of those animals and supply wonderful rescue companies for them.
There is a narrative behind each species listed, however there isn’t sufficient house on this weblog for all of them. So which two animals from that checklist has DACC not impounded? The first is the pushmi pullyu, the legendary two-headed gazelle/unicorn cross from The Story of Dr. Doolittle. The story goes that it has a head at every finish of its physique so it might converse with one head whereas consuming with the different so it won’t be so impolite as to talk with meals in its mouth.
The different animal is . . . the okapi. The okapi, also called the forest giraffe, is a good looking and shy creature from the forests of central Africa. They have a wealthy, mahogany coat with striped legs and haunches, and their physique form resembles a giraffe. I feel they’re superb creatures and threw that in as a result of I feel extra individuals ought to learn about them.
We have by no means had an okapi in considered one of our animal care facilities, but when we do you may be the first to know!
Marcia Mayeda is the director of Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.