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Second wallaby murder at Ealing animal park

Monday, 21 November, 2011 2 comments

A pair of wallabies have been murdered at Brent Lodge Park a month after one animal was found beheaded at the same location.

Slain: Two more wallabies were murdered in Ealing last week

It is not yet known if the attack, which happened last Wednesday, is linked to the October slaying.

Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council member for transport and the environment condemned the attack and vowed to find the people responsible. He said: “Three new wallabies were brought in this week to keep Rolph company after his companion died in the previous attack.  It’s awful to think that within days of arriving in their new enclosure they have been attacked.

“We are installing CCTV at the site and in the meantime we have introduced additional overnight security patrols. The surviving wallabies are being moved to an alternative location overnight to keep them safe.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are increasingly concerned regarding the incidents in the Park.  It is visited by many families and they will be upset about this second attack. These sorts of incidents are very unusual and we are determined to find the person or persons responsible.”

If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact wildlife officer PC Sara Lowe at Ealing Police on 020 8721 7135 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Decapitated wallaby found in Ealing animal park

Sunday, 23 October, 2011 2 comments

A wallaby was found decapitated in its enclosure at an animal park in Hanwell, Ealing on Thursday, October 20.

Slain: A wallaby (similar to this one) had its head cut off on Thursday.

Keepers were shocked to find 7-year-old Parma wallaby Bruce left dead when they arrived at Brent Lodge Park, known locally as Bunny Park, on Thursday morning with the head removed. No other animals were injured but fellow wallaby Rolph was found visibly distressed.

Police confirmed an intruder gained entry by cutting through the perimeter fence to the enclosure at some time on Wednesday night. Once inside, they killed the wallaby.

Detective Inspector Tim Yates of Ealing CID said: “I know the families who use this park will be very concerned about this attack, but it is a very unusual incident and we are determined to find those responsible.”

A veterinary examination confirmed a knife had been used.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I am completely sickened by this attack on a defenceless animal and I know the whole community is equally shocked.”

No arrests have been made. Police are appealing for witnesses and enquiries are ongoing.

As a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the centre houses a variety of animals including mongooses, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits, exotic birds and an indoor area with monkeys, reptiles and spiders.

Contact Ealing Police on 0208 721 7030 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information in connection with the incident.

Image credit wwarby, Flickr.