Just recently, employees of a private zoo in Tasmania woke up and came to work only to find that, during night time, somebody had broken in, killed some of the animals and stole others.
According to preliminary reports, as much as 60 animals are presently missing, and dozens others have been killed in a brutal manner, presumably because the thieves did not consider them to be valuable.
Some of the zoo's birds were pretty much slaughtered. “They just caught them and banged their heads and pulled their heads off, and it was pretty sickly to see,” says Dick Warren, the zoo's owner.
Seeing how the perpetrators took five quolls and two very rare parrots with them, it is to be expected that they are involved in illegal animal trading.
Unfortunately, this event had a severe impact on the zoo's plans to push for conservation projects.
Thus, Courtney McMahon, one of the people in charge of looking after the animals, explained how, “We’re trying to increase numbers of threatened species and we’ve lost a good part of that program.”