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Strays kill endangered species at zoo

STRAY DOGS attacked and killed a rare species in Belfast zoo last week.

The dogs dug their way into the Vicuna paddock and savaged two of the animals, which are the smallest members of the camel family.

One of the Vicunas, a 12-year-old called Emma, was killed in the attack, and a six-month-old named Boris suffered severe abdominal injuries. He required extensive surgery to his abdomen and is currently being monitored by staff.

Zoo staff managed to capture three of the dogs, but the fourth escaped and Belfast City Council Dog Wardens and members of the PSNI were called to assist with the situation.

Vicunas, which originate from South America, were almost hunted to extinction in the 1970s for their valuable fleece and are still considered an endangered species.