Wild fox wreaks havoc at Smithsonian National Zoo, leaving 25 flamingos, 1 duck dead – Fox News
In the first time ever, A wild fox broke into the Smithsonian’s National Zoo outdoor flamingo habitat overnight, killing 25 flamingos and a duck and injuring three others. The fox escaped, and the zoo is now focusing on the remaining flock and fortifying its habitats.
The outdoor exhibit was checked multiple times a day by staff, but after an attack on Sunday, staff reinforced the metal mesh surrounding the yard and set up live traps and cameras to prevent future attacks. Brandie Smith, the John and Adrienne Mars Director at the zoo, said the barrier passed inspection.
The zoo’s flock of 74 American flamingos lived outdoors in a 9,750 square-foot yard with a heated pool and barn.
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