Nearly 100 Animals Left Behind at Abandoned Zoo in Reynosa

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 February 19, 2018 5:09 PM February 19, 2018 in News

REYNOSA – Authorities are figuring out what’s next after taking custody of dozens upon dozens of exotic species discovered at an abandoned zoo near Reynosa.

Officials say no one was at the Parque Recreativo y Ecológico Aventura Animal when they went to shut it down.

Among the species are an Arabian camel, macaw parrots, a black bear and at least 18 more types of species and around 100 animals in total.

The only people around were state police when they arrived to serve a search warrant after they say someone filed an anonymous complaint. The complaint alleged, “killing, mistreatment or cruelty to animals.”

Officials say they found the exhibits without proper food or water.

A baboon was found dead and a young tiger, unable to walk on his own.

Authorities say they didn’t just discover exotic species but also found bags of marijuana and cocaine.

They say the animals recovered at the zoo will be handed over to the Tamaulipas State Commission on Conservation and Financial Management of Wildlife Resources.

State officials say that body will be in charge of evaluating the animals, getting them veterinary care and finding where they will go next.

Officials in Reynosa say the zoo had a permit to operate but say did not permit exotic species.

They now say federal authorities will be in charge of any coming prosecutions.

According to a press release from Tamaulipas officials, the following animals were recovered:

Four tigers. One of them is a white tiger

Two pumas

Two lions. One of them is albino

One jaguar

Four eagles

Two spider monkeys

Two black bears. One is a bear cub

One python

Seven cows. One is a calf

Seven horses

13 rabbits

Five raccoons

Three llamas

Two American bison

Three ostriches

Twenty-six additional kinds of birds, including a peacock, helmeted guineafowl, pigeons/doves, and chickens

Four deer

Two husky dogs

Five macaws

Three baboons. One was found dead

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