Wild Fox Kills 25 Flamingos And A Duck At The National Zoo

Wild Fox Kills 25 Flamingos And A Duck At The National Zoo

A Wild Fox killed 25 Flamingos and one Northern Pintail Duck after breaking the mesh of the exhibit at the National Zoo. According to the zoo officials, three other Flamingos were injured and are going through treatment at the veterinary hospital at the Zoo. 

Zoos are always the best way to exhibit wild animals to people and introduce vast species of birds and animals to the world. But sometimes zoos also witness a few incidents which result in the most unpredictable loss in history ever. Such an incident is evidenced by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology in the District of Columbia. 

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Wild Fox Kills 25 Flamingos And A Duck At The National Zoo

Smithsonian’s Zoo has been known for its wide area in which numerous wild animals and bird species are kept. Flamingos were living in a 9,750 square foot outdoor yard with a pool and a barn. A wild fox snuck into the outdoors of Flamingos on Sunday night and killed 25 American Flamingos from the flock of 74 birds, as per a zoo statement. They also found a Northern Pintail Duck dead and the other three Flamingos badly injured.

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 Brandie Smith, the director of the zoo, said in the statement that this is heartbreaking for everyone who cares about their animals. He also stated that the barrier of the metal used by them had passed several tests and inspections and was also used by other accredited zoos across the country. Now, they are focusing on the well-being of the other remaining flock and fortifying their habitats. 

Wild Fox Kills 25 Flamingos And A Duck At The National Zoo

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As per sources, the mesh was replaced in 2017 and passed an accreditation inspection by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, the zoo staff also conducts multiple “exhibit-integrity inspections” per day to make sure that everything is fine and flawless. They found nothing of concern during the last inspection at 2;30 pm on May 1, as per the statement. 

But, on Monday morning, they found a new softball-sized hole in the protective heavy-duty metal mesh along with the dead bodies of numerous Flamingos. Zoo officials also said that this is the first time that any predator has broken through the barrier since the exhibit was installed.

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Wild Fox Kills 25 Flamingos And A Duck At The National Zoo

Ultimately, the wild fox has been caught. But the zoo workers have reinforced the metal mesh, set up traps, and also installed digital cameras to monitor activity overnight.  

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Both American Flamingos and Northern Pintail Ducks are evaluated as the species of least concern by the IUCN. It was a heartbreaking loss for everyone and an alarm to stay alert to prevent these kinds of incidents. 

 

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