Rare goat accidentally hangs itself in Canada zoo

Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:10pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - An exotic goat in Canada's Calgary Zoo accidentally hanged itself after it became entangled in a rope and then fell off a log, CTV television reported on Sunday.

Home video of the accident on Friday showed the Turkmenian markhor hanging lifeless from the rope in its enclosure. Later, keepers could be seen trying to resuscitate the animal.

The zoo said in a statement that the goat had been playing with a ball on the end of a rope -- a toy designed to stimulate the animal.

The accident was the latest in a series of deaths at the zoo in the western province of Alberta. Last November an elephant calf died of a virus and in May 2008, 41 stingrays died for reasons that have yet to be explained.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren)