Spring River Park and Zoo staffers believe only the raccoon might have ventured into a visitor area.(Representational Image)
Spring River Park and Zoo staffers believe only the raccoon might have ventured into a visitor area.(Representational Image)

Zoo vandals let bobcat, raccoon briefly escape, police say

Officials say the animals were all found within 20 minutes in non-public zookeeper areas.
Roswell, New Mexico | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 01:55 PM IST

Police are searching for whoever cut locks and fencing on exhibits at a New Mexico zoo, allowing four animals, including a bobcat, to escape before they were quickly found nearby.

Police in Roswell, New Mexico, say they discovered the vandalism after a visitor noticed cut fencing at the red-tailed hawk exhibit Sunday. The zoo was evacuated as staff discovered that other vandalized enclosures had freed a raccoon, two raccoon-like coatimundis and a bobcat. 

Officials say the animals were all found within 20 minutes in non-public zookeeper areas.

Spring River Park and Zoo staffers believe only the raccoon might have ventured into a visitor area.

Authorities say they’re glad the animals stayed in their “comfort zones,” but the vandalism could have put people and animals in danger.

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