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Songkhla senior zoo official carries out murder-suicide after deers go missing

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A senior zoo official in Songkhla has reportedly shot himself in his home in an apparent murder-suicide after being investigated over 2 missing rare albino barking deers. Phuvadol Suwanna, chief of the conservation and research section of the state-run zoo, allegedly murdered his boss, Suriya Senpong, the Director of the Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand, while he was investigating the incident.

Phuvadol was part of a group of 4 officials being investigated over the deers’ disappearance from the zoo in February and September of this year, with officials saying the deer may have been sold to a wildlife trafficking gang. According to the ZPOT director, the zoo had 3 of those kind of deer which were donated by HM Queen Sirikit. 1 deer died a while back, and then the last 2 went missing.

The zoo’s director was transferred to an inactive post while officials were investigating the incident. As for the white barking deer, 1 official says such an animal would not fetch a high enough price for officials to risk the consequences of selling them to wildlife traffickers.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Deliverance

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Oh dear.

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    Robert Elliott

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Another bizzare news story from Thailand also being reported by international media outlets.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I hope some one apologises to that innocent Boa snake, wrongly accused of eating the deer.
    The Boa snake can now hold its head up high without a stain on its character.

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