Home
 
Choose Your City
Change City

Poison, attack killed guinea pigs: Report

The death of 65 guinea pigs at the Edmonton Valley Zoo last spring was due to a combination of poison and predatory attack, a report says.

The death of 65 guinea pigs at the Edmonton Valley Zoo last spring was due to a combination of poison and predatory attack, a report says.

The document, released Thursday by the city, is based on the results of an investigation, autopsies and a pathology report.

“I can tell you in my career of 29 years, I’ve never run into anything like this,” said Dr. Milton Ness, Edmonton Valley Zoo veterinarian.

Ness performed autopsies on 30 guinea pigs, and found that in 15 per cent there were deep puncture wounds, an inch to an inch-and-a-half apart, leading investigators to believe someone let a small dog or mammal into the enclosure.

On the other 85 per cent of the animals there weren’t any such markings, but Ness found evidence in the brains, kidneys and livers that suggests poisoning.

Poisoned oranges were found in the guinea pigs’ enclosure at the time of their deaths.

Ness said he hasn’t been able to identify the poison, but he is severely disturbed by the confirmation of what was initially suspected back in May.

“Everyone here at the zoo is very upset and devastated,” said Ness.

Edmonton police continue to suspect foul play but do not have any leads in the crime.

 
Consider AlsoFurther Articles