Headless hippo found at Mexico ranch

2016-01-07 22:00
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Puebla - Environmental inspectors have found the headless and skinned remains of a hippopotamus at a central Mexico ranch days after the animal escaped its pen and was struck by a car.

The nine-year-old female hippo died on Sunday when it was hit by a vehicle on a road in Puebla state after escaping from Rancho Dolores in Ciudad Serdan, said an official at the federal environmental prosecutor's office.

When inspectors went to the ranch, they found that the body "lacked its head and skin, which were sent to a taxidermist," the prosecutor's office said in an earlier statement.

The hippo was able to escape because ranch workers had left the main entrance open and the pond where the animal lived lacked a perimeter fence, the statement said.

The ranch had not legally registered the hippo and the owner lacks a management plan, which demonstrates "clear irregularities," the prosecutor's office said.

The ranch faces a possible fine ranging between $200 and $200 000.

Another 29 animals, including two lions and a Bengal tiger, were seized from the property last April because the owners lacked certificates of origin, which they finally produced in November.

The hippo arrived at the ranch from a circus on December 26. A new law last year prohibited the use of wild animals in circus shows, forcing owners to find new homes for their animals.

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