Sunday, 24 August 2014

Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo

An investigation is under way after a young manatee or “sea cow” drowned after becoming stuck in a service shaft in its pool at the Paris zoo.

Barry, who was three years old and weighed 300 kilos, had only arrived at the newly reopened zoo last month as part of a European breeding programme.

The zoo's scientific director, Alexis Lécu, said: “Evidently Barry became stuck in an underwater shaft between two parts of the pool which is usually closed off by a door.”

The manatee, of which only 3,000 still exist in the world, is a gentle, herbiverous mammal which spends most of its life under water but has to surface every ten minutes to breathe.

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