Stray dogs kill 27 rheas in Argentine zoo

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A pack of stray dogs breached a zoo wall at dawn on Tuesday in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, zoo officials said.

Once inside the zoo, the dogs made their way through an opening in the rheas’ enclosure and attacked the birds, which are native to South America.

Zookeepers, who called police for assistance, had trouble chasing the dogs off, said zoo director Gustavo Pronotto.

In total, 57 rheas were attacked, but 30 survived their injuries.

“It was a slaughter – 25 died right away and two others died several hours later,” Mr Pronotto said.

Source: AFP