Police are investigating the death of a “suspicious” vulture at the Dallas Zoo


An investigation is underway Saturday into the suspicious death of a vulture at the Dallas Zoo. It comes just over a week after a clouded leopard at the same zoo went missing for several hours after her enclosure appeared to have been tampered with.

Dallas police told TBEN News in a statement that officers were called to the zoo on Saturday after the vulture was found dead in its enclosure.

In a separate statement to TBEN DFW, the zoo said staff discovered the dead vulture under “unusual circumstances” in its habitat in the Wilds of Africa.

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While the cause has not yet been determined, police said it is “under investigation as suspicious”. A necropsy will be performed. No further details were provided.

On January 13, a clouded leopard named Nova escaped from her enclosure, forcing the zoo to close and hours of searching. She was eventually found safe and unharmed near her habitat that same evening.

Dallas police told TBEN News over the weekend that investigators determined a “cutting tool” had been used to cut an opening in the fencing of Nova’s habitat. Harrison Edell, Dallas Zoo’s executive vice president of animal care and conservation, said zoologists have found a crack in the wire mesh of its two-story habitat, according to TBEN DFW.

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Dallas police also reported that after Nova’s escape, zoo staff discovered a “similar gash” in the fencing of an enclosure that houses the langur monkey. However, none of the monkeys got out and all seemed unharmed.

Police said last weekend they are not sure if the two incidents are related.

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