The Dallas Zoo alerted police to an “uncommon” dying of an endangered vulture of their Wilds of Africa habitat over the weekend, about one week after a clouded leopard escaped via a “suspicious opening.”
“The animal care workforce is heartbroken over this great loss,” the Dallas Zoo wrote on Twitter on Sunday, noting that the “circumstances of the dying are uncommon” and it “doesn’t look like from pure causes.”
“Given the current incidents on the Zoo, we alerted the Dallas Police Division.”
The vulture’s dying comes after a clouded leopard, Nova, escaped through an opening in her exhibit one week in the past. An hours-long search ensued and the large cat was finally discovered unhurt and nonetheless on-grounds on the zoo.
Officers mentioned on the time that the opening to Nova’s exhibit was deliberately reduce.
Whereas investigating how Nova escaped, one other opening that gave the impression to be deliberately reduce was present in an exhibit for langur monkeys. Not one of the monkeys had escaped from the habitat, however police opened a prison mischief offense report.
The Dallas Zoo mentioned that it added extra safety cameras on the grounds and elevated safety patrols at night time.
“We are going to proceed to implement and broaden our security and safety measures to no matter degree essential to maintain our animals and employees secure,” the Dallas Zoo mentioned.