A rare and endangered vulture died in its enclosure over the weekend in an “unusual” death that “does not appear to be of natural causes,” police and zoo officials said.
The death came just days after the clouded leopard escaped through a hole in the net surrounding its enclosure.
In a statement posted on social media, the Dallas Zoo said, “This weekend our staff found one of our critically endangered vultures dead in its African wilderness habitat. “The circumstances of the death appear to be unusual and not a natural death.”
The zoo has alerted Dallas police, who are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the beloved vulture’s suspicious death, in view of other suspicious incidents that have occurred.
“We cannot share many details until the Dallas Police Department has had sufficient time to investigate this matter,” the zoo said in a statement.
The Dallas Zoo also confirmed it has increased safety measures following the vulture’s death and the leopard’s escape.
“Over the past week, we have added cameras throughout the zoo and enhanced our nightly on-site security patrols,” the zoo said in a statement. We will continue to implement and expand our safety and security measures.”
The first suspected clouded leopard incident occurred on January 13th. The Dallas Zoo was eventually able to retrieve the clouded leopard, but authorities had to shut down the zoo and conduct an investigation into the incident. Police are calling this a “deliberate act.” ” – in progress.
It is currently unclear whether the two incidents are related, and officials said the reasons for making the vulture’s death “unusual” did not appear to be of natural causes and that an autopsy of the bird would be conducted. Other than that, I didn’t go into detail.
The Dallas Zoo said in a statement following the vulture’s death, “The animal conservation team is heartbroken by this tremendous loss.” Please keep it.”
Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.