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A death at the zoo
Zebra the latest fatality at Canadian zoo
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – A zebra has died of unknown causes at a Canadian zoo that has come under fire for several animal fatalities in recent years, officials said on Friday.
In a population of several hundred animals you would expect a reasonable percent to die each year as do people.
Do you report every death in your news organisation with a comment on how many have died before there?
It is important to inform your readers responsibly not in that inflammatory manner which infers blame. What criteria do you apply to ensure balance?
The death of this zebra, which exhibited no previous health problems, was widely reported by others, as well.
The fact that a hippo, four gorillas, a capybara and 41 stingrays have died at the same zoo in recent years means the place is in the spotlight, and is part of the story.
Our story states facts, and does not assign blame. When a cause of death is known, we will report that, too: GBU Editor
A zebra grazes at the Lake Nakuru National park in Kenya’s Rift Valley, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya