MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Zoo Miami is mourning the nonaccomplishment of 1 of its meerkats who whitethorn person died successful a passageway illness successful his habitat.
According to Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill, zookeepers couldn’t find Gizmo, a astir 8-year-old meerkat during archetypal rounds connected Sunday morning.
A searching the habitat, some supra and beneath ground, his lifeless assemblage was recovered successful what appeared to beryllium a collapsed tunnel. Though zoo unit is inactive waiting for the last results of a necropsy, it appears arsenic if Gizmo whitethorn person been successful the passageway erstwhile it collapsed, trapping him inside.
Gizmo was calved astatine the Brevard Zoo successful October of 2013 and arrived astatine Zoo Miami successful June of 2018. Since his arrival, helium has been a favourite among unit and guests alike and his nonaccomplishment has been devastating, particularly for his keepers.
As portion of the regular daily caring for the meerkats, zookeepers are diligent astir manually collapsing each the tunnels wrong the situation astatine the extremity of each time successful bid to forestall the calamity that seemingly struck Gizmo. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the meerkats are perpetually digging, different passageway whitethorn person been rapidly constructed pursuing the keeper attraction regular and due to the fact that of the excessive rainfall that has fallen successful past respective days, it was unstable and collapsed.
Tragically, a akin incidental happened successful July of past twelvemonth erstwhile 1 of the archetypal meerkats to beryllium calved astatine Zoo Miami was besides recovered trapped wrong a collapsed passageway and did not survive.
The meerkat grounds volition stay closed until further announcement arsenic zoo absorption reevaluates the procedures successful spot to spot what changes tin beryllium made to assistance guarantee the prevention of a akin occurrence successful the future.
The meerkats person been a instrumentality favourite of Zoo Miami since their accomplishment successful June of 2000. Their popularity is planetary acknowledgment to the “MeerCam,” which allows anyone anyplace successful the satellite to presumption the meerkats online done a webcam. Though temporarily disabled during this hard time, the anticipation is to person it up and moving arsenic soon arsenic caller protocols and procedures are established and the situation tin beryllium reopened.