Loot­ers steal zoo an­i­mals

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS -

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

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