Zebra death and second penguin death
Friday, August 16, 2013
Ups and downs of 24 hours at the zoo
We’re happy and very relieved to report that so far today our eight Humboldt and two Gentoo penguins that continue to share the outdoor exhibit at Penguin Plunge are stable. There was some concern late last night about one of the Humboldts, J.J., as he was moving around more slowly and was not as hungry as the other penguins, but he appears to be responding to the medication so we are cautiously optimistic that J.J. and the others will continue to fight off the infection with the great care they are receiving from our animal care team.
In mid-June, just before the flood, two female Hartmann’s mountain zebras, Lubs and Eleanor, arrived in Calgary and were at the zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Centre south of the city completing their mandatory quarantine period before coming to the zoo. After the flood, they were joined at the Centre by our two Grevy’s zebras, Shelly-Anne and Lori-Anne that zoo visitors know so well. Because of the damage to the zebra’s zoo habitat in the flood, all four zebras remained at the Centre enjoying the large pastures there for the summer. Sadly, late in the afternoon on Thursday, after having been observed to be fine throughout the day, Eleanor was found dead in the pasture. An immediate post-mortem examination was carried out late last night, unfortunately confirming what was suspected and what every horse owner fears – a twisted gut, a medical condition that occurs all too often and unexpectedly in horse species and can kill quickly. We’re so sad that Calgarians never had a chance to meet Eleanor, but look forward to the return of zebras to the zoo in the coming months when their enclosure is repaired and the zoo reopens completely. What an emotional and challenging week for our animal care team – so many ups and downs!