Penguins killed by foxes at London Zoo




An inspection report of the zoo, which is located in London’s Regent’s Park, revealed that 11 South African and rockhopper penguins were killed in a fox attack last year.
Other victims since January 2007 have included a flamingo, two South American mara, a kind of rodent rodents that resembles small kangaroos, and a free-range chicken.

The report also found that enclosures were inadequate for the long-term keeping of tigers, low fencing could allow animals to escape into Regent’s Park and snakes have escaped into public areas.
Inspectors from Westminster Council, the local authority that licenses the 182-year-old zoo, found that there were “significant pest and vermin problems”.
The attack on the penguins is believed to have happened at around dawn on 18 March 2009, between the end of security guards’ night-time inspections and the arrival of day staff.
According to the report, the dead penguins were discovered at 7am and then cleared away by keepers before the zoo opened.
“There have been fox attacks at both the penguin and flamingo enclosures,” it says.
“An investigation into that [the penguin] incident established that the fence surrounding the penguin pool was damaged and not reported to ZSL [Zoological Society London].”
The zoo said that the penguin population is now 41, having been boosted by breeding and the transfer of one individual from Whipsnade Zoo, which ZSL also runs.
The revelation are certain to reignite the row over urban fox numbers which was sparked earlier this year by reports that two baby girls were attacked in their home by a fox.
Over the past 70 years, Britain’s urban fox population has grown to more than 34,000 and they now account for 14 per cent of the country’s total fox numbers.
There have been fears that fortnightly bin collections have and increases in rubbish on city streets have helped allow the animals increase in numbers.

If you wanted to know what a mara looks like:

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    Ammara said,

    maras are kinda bun 😐


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