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Pat Derby dies at 70; rescuer of exotic and performing animals
Pat Derby dies at 70; rescuer of exotic and performing animals

Pat Derby could coax Willie the bear with a handful of jelly beans, make Christopher the cougar twitch his tail on command, and even kissed Rijo the tiger. But when it came to Walt Disney, she had less patience. Derby, a Hollywood animal trainer turned animal rights activist, once walked out on him in the middle of filming for "Disney's Wonderful World of Color" after he subjected her bear cub to two hours of retakes under the hot studio lights. She always got along better with animals than people, anyway, she often said. "I am not a natural at public relations," she once wrote. Derby, who later devoted her life to protecting and rescuing exotic and...

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