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.
The Trib goes on to report that the remaining puffins will be transferred to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Ore., where they will be kept until the Point Defiance puffin exhibit can be altered to ensure that no such puffin murder spree will ever occur again.
This is apparently the first time in the exhibit's 30-year history that a predator has invaded. That said, seven dead puffins is seven too many.