Looters steal zoo animals
DOZENS of rare animals have been stolen from one of the best-loved zoos in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma destroyed cages and enclosures at the park on St Maarten.
Staff are fighting to rehouse and protect rare breeds at the site that was home to more than 300 animals before they escaped in the terrifying chaos of last week’s 360km/h winds.
One rare lizard, a salamander called Big Lizard, one of the zoo’s star attractions, died of fright as the worst storm ever to hit the Atlantic lashed his enclosure last week.
A well-loved toucan was also killed when it escaped its broken cage and was eaten by a caiman, a ferocious type of crocodile. The caiman also ate one of the rare rabbits.
At least six animals have been confirmed stolen and staff at St Maarten Zoo are investigating the whereabouts of scores more. – Daily Mail