looks like zoofriend2011 forgot about her abortion being paid for when she was desperate. Only when it works best for you.
I have seen Darde Long give mouth to mouth to a dyeing muntjac that was vomiting back on her. None of you are even close to having that type of love and commitment. To speak out of ignorance does not make something fact. The best thing the zoo could possibly have is the commitment of Darde Long and this community does not need unethical reporters like we seem to have.
In the recent reporting of the deaths at the zoo Pam Sohn has not followed the ethics policy of the Times Free press. She has been provided with proof of many facts including the qualifications of current staff members but will not present the full story and has only wanted to print sensational accusations and hear say. I have looked at the ethics policy which states that a journalist should "seek truth and report it" but Pam Sohn has ignored facts and answers from the zoo and printed only speculation.To completely ignore parts of the truth in order to make a story more exciting is not true journalism. Ignoring facts falls under the heading of fiction. She has made statements sound like fact when they are not. She stated that the zoo’s muntjac died after being scared by a barking dog and fell into freezing water. She then ended the line with the complaint stated. I am sorry but that makes it sound like it is a fact but in reality no one was around and a visitor said it looked like the animal had a seizure and nothing about a dog was ever stated. Statements are coming from people who were not present at any of the incidents she is reporting on as well as ignoring statements from the zoo staff that were present. I realize that this will not matter in the scheme of things but still needed to be said in the interest of truth.
She wrote that chimpanzees have a similar life span to humans. The oldest chimp ever to live in captivity died at the age of 65 and the oldest human has been well over 100 years old. How can a reporter write an article in which statements are reported that have not been researched, even a simple search on the internet would have given her the correct information about a chimps life span. Pam’s article also made allegations that the zoo’s current staff does not have enough experience to work with the animals at the zoo. The resumes showed a huge amount of experience in the zoo field by the three new employees and Pam chose not to report this information which would have discredited parts of her earlier articles this week.If the truth is the goal then this is an important part of the story. Pam is using former employees that have not worked at the zoo in months and one source left almost a year ago. One source worked at a zoo which had to surrender its license to USDA and Pam was the reporter that wrote the story of this closing for the Chattanooga Times Free press.The same person also worked at an institution which had to surrender the animals due to illegal activities but he is being used as if he is an expert and is not speculating and passing on second and third hand information. There are many other examples of misinformation and untruths in the articles. Pam Sohn is not confirming information or attempting to get a complete story.This is very poor journalism and truly needs to be corrected.
The simple truth is that the necropsy is not complete and there is nothing to release at this time. The zoo did release the preliminary report but even they have not received the report yet. Can't release something that does not exist yet.
John Urstadt never cared for his animals. He was always the first out the door at the end of the day. The zoo and the animals are now cared for by a highly experienced and professional staff with many years of working in other AZA institutions as well as degrees in animal husbandry. There are so many mistakes and misrepresentations in this story. Seems the Times Free Press has become a tabloid rather than a serious place for journalism.