What kind of animal could be responsible for such senseless brutality? According to zoo officials, the culprit was a wild mink.
The good news is, according to The News Tribune in Tacoma, zoo officials were able to capture the bloodthirsty beast Thursday. The bad news is the damage was already done.
According to the Trib:
The tufted puffins exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will likely be closed for months while the exhibit is renovated to ensure predators can't invade the birds' area.
The closure occurred Thursday after staff members trapped a wild mink that got into the exhibit and killed seven of the zoo's 26 tufted puffins. None of the five common murres, which also live in the exhibit, were injured.
No word on whether the common murres may now be suffering from PTSD.
While it's not included in the excerpt above, the post included the ending: "never forget."
Apparently all of it was a little too much for one Daily Weekly commenter to take.
Commenter ridiculous writes:
Are you a journalist or trying to come up with a standup routine? Could have done without the puffin murder spree and tasteless PTSD and never forget comments.