Dallas Zoo offering $10,000 reward for information on mysterious vulture death

The lappet-faced vulture or Nubian vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) perched on a tree
The lappet-faced vulture or Nubian vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) perched on a tree Photo credit Getty Images/Cassia Bars

It’s been a really chaotic start to the year for the Dallas Zoo.

Last week, they saw the escape of a clouded leopard zoo officials believe to be under mysterious circumstances, only to follow that up with the death of a beloved vulture Pin, which zoo officials also believe occurred under mysterious circumstances.

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As such, the Zoo has offered a $10,000 reward for any information regarding Pin’s death, as they do not believe his passing was under “natural causes.”

Per CBS News, Dallas Zoo President and CEO Gregg Hudson said in a news conference on Monday that the vulture was found dead in his enclosure, having suffered an intentional wound.

"This goes from being about malicious and gets into really criminal intent that's dangerous," he said.  "I've been in the zoo profession over 30-plus years, and never had a situation like what happened Saturday. It's unprecedented and very disturbing."

The Dallas Police Department, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have launched a multi-agency probe into the incident that killed Pin.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Getty Images/Cassia Bars