At the National Zoo’s Virginia research site, a four-month-old Przewalski’s horse, endangered in the wild, died after apparently charging at a fence and breaking its neck. That makes four animals dying under the Zoo’s care in the past year. Last December a red river hog died of septicemia, due to “improper nutrition.” A pregnant kudu broke its neck running at a wall in June. A Dama gazelle died in a similar way.
Beyond unfortunate and — according to the zoo — preventable deaths. The institution has been the site of several animal escapes and a zebra attack.