The criminal case was opened after the brutal murder of three birds, two of which are mentioned in the IUCN Red List, in the only zoo in Russian settlement of Bolsherechye, Omsk Region. This is reported by TASS referring to the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs.
"We found out that two residents of the Bolsherechye aged 20 and 22 years on June 5 in a state of intoxication entered the zoo at night with a purpose to eat shish kebab. At first they wanted to catch a deer but they did not succeed, then criminals broke into the aviary with birds and brutally killed a curly Pelican, Daurian crane and Guinea fowl. Investigators opene criminal case under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Cruel treatment of animals," the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.
The veterinarian of the zoo stated that the death of the animals occured after fracture of the skull bones and cervical vertebrae. The administration noted that the criminals did not want to mess with the plucking of birds and after killing them broke into a kebab point at the zoo, where they stole the meat.