Monday, June 1, 2020

Escaped Zoo Animals (George Floyd Protests)

Rumors and hoaxes about escaped zoo animals ensued after nationwide protests in America over the killing of George Floyd by a cop.


Democrat & Chronicle [Rochester, NY]

31 May 2020


No, lions didn't get loose from Seneca Park Zoo in protest aftermath


A false 911 call. Hundreds of social media posts. A tweet by the Irondequoit Police Department. It formed a perfect storm during the tumult Saturday evening to spread a rumor that animals had been let loose at the Seneca Park Zoo.  The Irondequoit Police Department sent a tweet about 10:50 p.m. in all capital letters that has since been deleted, urging all Irondequoit residents to stay indoors. The Monroe County Fire Wire account, which tweets police scanner traffic and is not affiliated with the county, mentioned the lion in multiple tweets and retweeted the police department with the comment "If you live by the Zoo. STAY INSIDE. Animals are loose." […]


KTVU-TV [Oakland, CA]

31 May 2020


Bogus report of tiger on the loose in Oakland


OAKLAND, Calif. - The sense of chaos around the Bay Area reached a new level Sunday night following reports that a tiger was on the loose near the Oakland Zoo. Officials with the zoo quickly said that they had accounted for their big cats, according to the sheriff's office.  A bus driver falsely claimed to have seen a roaming tiger in the area of 98th Avenue and Golf Links Drive, near the zoo's entrance, according to an Oakland Zoo tweet. […]


Chicago Tribune

1 June 2020


No, Lincoln Park Zoo animals were not set loose in Sunday’s looting


[…] “All animals at Lincoln Park Zoo are accounted for and safe,” the North Side Chicago zoo found it necessary to announce Monday. There were no break-ins, thefts, or incidents last night. Images circulating, claiming to be of Lincoln Park Zoo animals out of their habitats, are false.” […]

1 June 2020


Despite rumors, no one looted penguins from the New England Aquarium


Amid Sunday’s late-night violence and looting in downtown Boston, rumors began to circulate on social media that someone had broken into the New England Aquarium and stolen penguins. The rumors came after authorities conducted a welfare check at the aquarium. However, aquarium officials said Monday that a report of an attempted break-in turned out to be false and “our animals are safe.” […]


WMBD-TV [Peoria, IL]

1 June 2020


Peoria Zoo broken into, donkeys released but safely returned


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Park District confirmed the Peoria Zoo was broken into Sunday evening. A lock was broken at the zoo and two donkeys were released from their contact area by intruders, the park district said Monday. Both of the animals were safely returned to their barn and are under observation. […]


1 June 2020

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo Was Not Looted and There Are No Hippos on Lake Shore Drive

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