Chimp missing from Mallorca zoo found dead

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Karin Rosenkranz

ADAN, one of two chimpanzees that escaped from the Safari Zoo in Sa Coma (Mallorca), was found dead at the Sant Llorenç de Cardassar water treatment plant.
The animal was found today (May 7) at around 7.15am inside a waste water deposit by staff of the plant, according to a statement released by Guardia Civil.
A large number of officers and volunteers had been searching for him since Monday (May 4), after the animal escaped due to a failure in the electrical system of his cage.
He was able to flee the facilities together with another female chimpanzee called Eva, who was shot down, sparking outrage amongst animal rights associations such as AnimaNaturalis and citizens.
Several groups denounced the animal’s death and stressed that tranquilizer darts should have been used instead.
A post mortem examination will be carried out on the chimpanzee’s body to determine the cause of death, according to Guardia Civil, although all evidence indicates that he drowned.
The two primates were originally owned by German businessman and Palma resident, Hasso Schützendorf. Upon his death, the animals were donated to the zoo.
“He is a very kind animal,” said Adan’s carer. “I could pet him when I was feeding him and he never touched me. He was just scared.”




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