3.9k Share this

The zoo was outfoxed.

A wild fox sneaked into the flamingo habitat at the National Zoo and killed 25 American flamingos, the Washington, D.C., zoo announced Tuesday.

Advertisement

Zoo staff discovered the grisly scene early Monday morning, the zoo said in a statement. A Northern pintail duck was also killed, and three more flamingos were injured.

The fox was blamed because a witness spotted it slinking away from the scene, according to the zoo. It was still on the loose as of Tuesday night. Prior to the massacre, 74 flamingos lived at the zoo.

Advertisement

“This is a heartbreaking loss for us and everyone who cares about our animals,” Smithsonian National Zoo director Brandie Smith said. “Our focus now is on the well-being of the remaining flock and fortifying our habitats.”

According to the zoo, habitat barriers are constantly checked by staff, and the bird house cleared inspection around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. But on Monday morning, zoo employees discovered a softball-sized hole in the metal mesh fencing.

The flamingos and the ducks were moved to new locations, and the bird house barrier was reinforced, the zoo said. Traps were also set in an attempt to catch the fox, which came from nearby Rock Creek Park, the Washington Post reported.

It’s not the first fox to cause havoc in D.C. this spring. A fox that bit nine people around the Capitol building was captured and euthanized after testing positive for rabies.

Source: nydailynews

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

High risk UK contacts of monkeypox cases told to self-isolate and avoid children for three weeks

High risk close contacts of monkeypox cases in Britain are being urged…
Sealed with a kiss! Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker shared a passionate kiss as they got married for the third time, in a romantic ceremony in Portofino on Sunday evening

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker share a passionate kiss after exchanging their vows

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker shared a passionate kiss as they got married…
Anderson's HR hushes Yankees, lifts Sox to twinbill sweep

Anderson’s HR hushes Yankees, lifts Sox to twinbill sweep

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Anderson hit a three-run homer and then…
Hunting guide Wade Lemon has been accused of using illegal bait to lure a bear that Don Trump Jr harvested in 2018

Utah hunting guide charged with illegal baiting on trip with Don Trump Jr

Utah hunting guide is charged with illegally baiting a bear that Don…
Man charged in firing shots at off-duty sheriff's officer in Millennium Park

Man charged in firing shots at off-duty sheriff’s officer in Millennium Park

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man is facing felony charges after shooting at…

Runner who collapsed and died just after finishing the Brooklyn Half Marathon named as 32-year-old

The runner who collapsed after crossing the finish line at the Brooklyn…

CA Tree Trimmer Found Guilty in Throat-Slashing Attacks

A California tree trimmer was found guilty in multiple throat-slashing incidents that…
Wolves top Milwaukee Admirals again in Game 2 of AHL Central Division Finals

Wolves top Milwaukee Admirals again in Game 2 of AHL Central Division Finals

ROSEMONT, Ill. (CBS) — The Wolves were ready to flex on the…