Posted by: maboulette | December 10, 2016

The Calgary Zoo in Mourning


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The Calgary Zoo is mourning the loss of seven Humboldt penguins.

FOUND DEAD

The Alberta, Canada conservation facility announced the sad news on its website Thursday after the aquatic birds were found dead at the Penguin Plunge exhibit in the morning.

FULL INVESTIGATION

“This is devastating news,” Jamie Dorgan, Calgary Zoo’s Director Animal Care, said in a statement. “We have launched a full investigation so we can try to understand what happened and prevent further incidents like this from happening again.”

DROWNING

Necropsies conducted on the penguins determined drowning as the cause of death. The youngest was approximately eight months old, and the oldest was seven years old.

HOLDING ROOMS

The penguins were moved to specific holding rooms since Monday due to ongoing work at the exhibit, according to the zoo.

WHAT HAPPENED

“We are thinking a lot of what the possibilities could be. We are really digging to find evidence,” Dorgan told The Calgary Herald  about what happened to the seven penguins. “Right now it seems like something set these birds off, like if one or two birds got into a panic. But, really we are just speculating at this point.”

STAFF SHOCKED

Adding, “It’s pretty tough. You know, all the animals at the zoo are family members for our staff. Anytime a zoo keeper comes in the morning and finds this type of event, it’s really difficult. We’re obviously very shocked at what happened and had a lot of people were very upset.”

IN THE PAST

In 2013, multiple penguins, including a three-year-old Humboldt called Junto, died after a bacterial infection swept through the same enclosure.

 

 

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