Teens break into, vandalize Clovis zoo
May 17, 2018 06:53 PM
CLOVIS, N.M. – On Friday four teens sneaked into the Hillcrest Park Zoo and vandalized a viewing window.
The Clovis Police Department identified the suspects after footage from the zoo's surveillance camera were posted on social media.
Roman Romero, public information officer for CPD, said the teens will be facing charges.
Mark Yannotti, the assistant zoo director, said the incident happened between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., when a park visitor notified zookeepers about four teenagers climbing a fence to enter the zoo.
When they went to go check it out, they were told the marmoset viewing window was broken. He said the teens then climbed another fence to escape.
“I think why they did it, it’s kids get bored and kids do dumb things when they get in groups,” Yannotti said. “It’s their nature to make bad decisions.”
Zoo Director Vince Romero said it cost the zoo $400 to replace the window with a temporary one. Yannotti sees a silver lining after the incident.
“As it turns out, sometimes good things come from bad things – we’re going to have better safety glass windows and we’re going to be putting more cameras out,” he said.
His main concern was the safety of a marmoset that escaped and made his way to the top of the fox exhibit in the midst of it all. But it only took a few minutes to capture him.
“The animals are fine. The little guy who was out was a little stressed for a day, I’m sure," Yannotti said. "But luckily, he was not harmed."
Created: May 17, 2018 06:53 PM
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