HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A flamingo snatched from a Mississippi zoo ended up having to be euthanized after it was found injured some seven hours later and police are searching for suspects caught on surveillance.
The executive director of the organization that runs the Hattiesburg Zoo says the female bird was taken at 1:08 a.m. Tuesday and located several miles away. Rick Taylor says it was returned to the zoo and had to be put down because of its injuries.
Hattiesburg police say security cameras captured images of the kidnappers.
The bird was one of four females in the Chilean flamingo exhibit that opened in April 2013.
Each flamingo cost $1,700 and the zoo bought 21.
Police spokesman Jon Traxler says the suspects face charges of grand larceny but more charges could be filed.