Mystery surrounds death of several deer at the Zoo


– police investigation ongoing
ON Saturday morning, five deer including a 3-week-old baby deer and a pregnant captive bred were discovered dead in their exhibit by Security Guards and Zoo Keepers at the zoological facility in Georgetown.
The deer represented a strong and successful captive breeding programme at the Zoo and were often used in the Education and Awareness Programmes and Zoo Camps for school children and adults alike.
They were known for their tameness and were a very popular attraction especially among the children for their engaging and friendly traits. The younger deer formed part of the Children’s petting at the Zoo.
While it is unclear how and why these deaths occurred, an independent post mortem revealed that the animals died from massive internal hemorrhages, shock and trauma to soft tissues and asphyxia.
The police were called in and investigations are ongoing.