JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Three stray dogs killed and injured several exotic animals at the Jackson Zoo before staff killed them to stop the attacks.
The zoo's events and media specialist, E.J. Rivers, says it happened sometime Thursday night or early Friday while the zoo was closed.
She says staff received a call about 8:30 a.m. after the remains of three animals were found. She says interim Director David Wetzel then ordered the dogs terminated to protect the remaining animals in the African Savannah Exhibit.
Zoo officials say the dogs killed two Klipspringers, a small antelope found in eastern and southern Africa, and a Spur-winged goose, a large bird related to geese that is found in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rivers says the zoo is trying to determine how the dogs got onto zoo property.