Mysterious deaths – 12 stingrays at ZooTampa died

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Twelve stingrays held at Florida’s ZooTampa’s Stingray Bay were found dead on Thursday morning. The deaths are a mystery that the zoo is trying to unravel. On Thursday, ZooTampa at Lowry Park announced the deaths via Facebook, writing:

It’s with heavy hearts we share that today ZooTampa lost 12 residents of Stingray Bay.
The animal care and veterinary teams are examining all of the mechanical equipment involved and testing the water, all of which indicate optimal water quality and conditions. It may take several weeks for all of the test results to come in. Stingray Bay is a closed system that’s home only to the rays. It remains closed at this time.

Explaining that these deaths are hard on the staff which loved and cared for the rays:

Please keep our team in your thoughts – every professional here loves the animals we care for, and any loss is a difficult one. Thank you for your support.

According to Fox News, the rays were held in a 16,000 tank that was accessible to guests who wanted to touch them. A toxicology report will be done to help determine what happened.

(Image via ZooTampa)

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Perhaps a visitor had something toxic on their skin (medicated lotion or cream)? If these animals were in a “touch tank”, mere traces of a medication could have been fatal to the animals closest to that individual……


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