Virginians want answers for the Natural Bridge animal raid and the death of Zeus the tiger

Cheryl E Preston
Zeus the tiger was put down at the Natural Bridge ZooPhoto byNatural Bridge Zoo Facebook screenshot

Virginians seek answers about the zoo animal rescue

It sounded like a well-calculated sting operation. Authorities swooped in and snatched 91 animals they believed to be endangered from the Natural Bridge Zoo. Breaking Through the News reported on Wednesday that Debbie Mogensen, co-owner of the zoo, said the raid was conducted unfairly.

She stated that the ongoing police action prevented the zoo staff from providing necessary care, for the animals, including medical attention. and food, to the animals. Then comes the announcement that the beloved tiger Zeus was euthanized with no explanation. WFIR quotes Laura Watson who is representing the zoo as saying the following.

We are all devastated and heartbroken about the liberties that these people are taking. They aren’t talking to the vets who have been overseeing these animals for years to let those vets give an explanation of these animals and the care they’ve received. They’re not taking the wellbeing of the animals into account just the transport of these animals alone will be a stressful event.”

As of this writing Virginians have no answers but authorities say they will give updates. Why were the animals seized and what happened that Zeus was put down? This is all very disturbing but be on the lookout for answers to why the raid took place.

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