Fatal mauling at Zion wildlife park

Fatal mauling at Zion wildlife park

There are 10 comments on the Manawatu Evening Standard story from May 27, 2009, titled Fatal mauling at Zion wildlife park. In it, Manawatu Evening Standard reports that:

ZOO TRAGEDY: One of the big cat handlers at Zion wildlife Gardens after the fatal mauling.

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liz durso

Port Talbot, UK

#1 May 27, 2009
this is for you craig and your crew.i am a big fan of the series and live in the uk. i am so sorry for the bad news. you work so hard and must be devastated. your love for the animals shines through.i hope all your achievments will get you through this sad time. much love and good luck.
Anon

Ashton-under-lyne, UK

#2 May 27, 2009
I feel sorry for Craig. False claims of beatings from his (ex)wife, employment troubles due to his mother, losing a good friend and a gorgeous tiger in one fatal blow.
Anyone know which tiger it was?
Annie

Oxted, UK

#3 May 27, 2009
Anon wrote:
I feel sorry for Craig. False claims of beatings from his (ex)wife, employment troubles due to his mother, losing a good friend and a gorgeous tiger in one fatal blow.
Anyone know which tiger it was?
Hi I agree with the above - I think it was ABU.
james stuart jupe uk

Basildon, UK

#4 May 28, 2009
its a sad event to happen to the keeper but he new the risks and would do this job all the same . they are tame cats or as tame as big cats can be but even the lionman said you have stay on top of them and show them who is the boss and if he has not been given the job back ( craig i mean ) they are mad he is human like them and is the best thing for the lion and tigers in zion park even zion the lion must miss him the lionman is good watching yours james uk
Rosanna

Peterborough, UK

#5 May 28, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about the bad news i am a huge fan of your show and just amazed in what you do.It is a very sad time for you as i know you had trouble with your (ex) wife and now this.But i am sure that very one will agree it is noone fault as very one knows that working with big cats is obviously putting you life at risk but he passed away loving what he did which was helping the cats.Tke Care and i wish the best.
ken reader

UK

#6 Jun 4, 2009
we came to your wildlife park in march , and we met DALU, and we had our photo taken with him and the lion and the tiger . we were so shocked when we heard , of his sad loss , our sympathy goes to everyone , and we think it is a time to put all your trouble,s behind you and all pull together, because life is to short , we hope to come again next year , and we would like to see the park opened, and running again , kind regards ken reader.
Holly Mason Bolton UK

UK

#7 Jun 16, 2009
I am so gutted for Craig , all the hard work, deepest sympathies to Dalu`s family at this very sad time...
Watch the lion man all the time and i`m convinced that these big cat`s need their alpha male back...
They are his life , for goodness sake .
Patricia Busch give your son his life back, from my family and the rest of the u.k

Regards Holly Mason

Since: Nov 08

Christchurch, New Zealand

#8 Jun 16, 2009
I strongly suggest that some of you fat fucks from the UK do some flipp'n research before deciding everything you see on TV is real.

I think you are missing the part where Craig teased the cats, or more correctly forced his staff to tease the cats by running past them, which on one occasion Dalu was attacked by the same lion that in the end took his life.

I will rehash an old post I made..

Since: Nov 08

Christchurch, New Zealand

#9 Jun 16, 2009
Rehashed post:(this was in relation to his assaults on females but also touches on his treatment of the animals)

LOL!!!! Are you all like this over there? please tell me you're not.
Guess what... Coro street aint real either ..... Imbecile...

• Craig and Karen were separated at the time.
• Was also convicted in 1991 for a similar charge
• Craig is also under the spotlight for animal abuse, including using a rock to put down a cub.

As far as actual firsthand knowledge goes, I have seen where the cubs were kept when they first arrived, it was a stuffy/dusty old kiwi fruit shed. I have met Craig on multiple occasions so can attest to his personality.

http://www.safe-nz.org.nz/Data/buschcraig.htm

http://reporter.911animalabuse.com/_The-Lion -...

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/animal-cruelt ...
Pete wrote:
I feel sad that people feel a need to slag him off, maybe its just jelousy, maybe their lives are so sad & boring that they feel the need to put others down to make themselves feel better. Long live the Lion man !!:)
Beatlesinthebog

New Zealand

#10 Jun 16, 2009
DCSNZ wrote:
I strongly suggest that some of you fat fucks from the UK do some flipp'n research before deciding everything you see on TV is real.
I think you are missing the part where Craig teased the cats, or more correctly forced his staff to tease the cats by running past them, which on one occasion Dalu was attacked by the same lion that in the end took his life.
I will rehash an old post I made..
"It must be true,'cos I seen it on TV" - John Fogerty

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