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Former Ballerina Zina Bethune Killed While Helping an Injured Animal

February 14, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Featured, Home, Los Angeles with 0 Comments

Zina BethuneThis story breaks my heart because I can see how easily it could happen to myself or any one of my animal loving friends. As an animal lover you can’t resist helping an animal in need, often ignoring the risk.

Famous ballet dancer, actress and teacher Zina Bethune was hit by two vehicles and killed after getting out of her car to help an injured animal.

Bethune, 66, left car on Sunday and got out to help what turned out to be a dead opossum, police Sgt. Jeffrey Siggers told the Los Angeles Times.

Bethune trained under famed dance instructor George Balanchine and began dancing with the New York City Ballet at age 14 despite suffering from scoliosis and lymphedema.

“I was born to dance, in my heart, but not in my body,” she told a Los Angeles Times reporter in 1999.

She also taught dance to thousands of disabled Southern California children through her nonprofit dance company.

Our hearts go out to Bethune’s family and may this be a lesson to all of us selfless animal lovers that we need to take the proper precautions when helping animals in need.

 

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