Penguins dead after fox breaks into zoo


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A fox broke into the Melbourne Zoo this week and killed 14 penguins (image Flagstaffotos via Wikimedia Commons)

Penguins have been killed by a wild fox that broke in to the Melbourne Zoo and evaded traps set by keepers.

The zoo said keepers were “devastated” after they found 14 dead penguins in the Wild Sea exhibit, according to a report by the ABC.

It said the 15 surviving birds had been checked by veterinarians and moved into a secure area until the zoo was able to confirm the fox has been caught or left the grounds.

“Keepers had suspected for the past week that a fox had managed to enter the zoo, but so far the traps and camera traps have been unsuccessful in locating it,” the zoo said in a statement.

“As the zoo’s 22 hectares include large areas of densely planted vegetation and is surrounded by parkland, it is relatively easy for a fox to hide during the day.

“Foxes are found throughout Melbourne’s parks and suburbs, but their nocturnal pattern of activity means that people are rarely aware of their presence.

“Fortunately foxes rarely manage to enter the zoo grounds, and additional measures are being taken today to further fox-proof the gates.”

The zoo also said it would work with a fox expert for further advice.


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