A dead vulture with an 'unusual wound' and other suspicious incidents rock the Dallas Zoo

Over the weekend, an endangered vulture was found dead at the Dallas Zoo with an "unusual wound," facility officials said Monday — the third suspicious incident there in less

than two weeks. Earlier this month, a clouded leopard escaped her enclosure after, authorities said, it was intentionally cut. Similar incisions were also found at the

langur monkey habitat, though none of the animals escaped. It isn’t clear if the death of Pin, a 35-year-old lappet-faced vulture, is linked to these earlier incidents. In a

statement Monday, the zoo said it asked the Dallas Police Department to investigate the matter and did not comment further. In the past 10 days, the zoo said, it had

“substantially” increased security measures, including limiting access to outdoor enclosures and adding cameras and overnight guards. It also plans to offer a $10,000 reward for

information leading to an arrest and indictment, according to the statement. “We want everyone to know how seriously we take the safety and security of our animals, our

staff, and our campus as a whole,” the zoo said.Nova Nova, a 3-year-old clouded leopard, fled from her enclosure on Jan. 13. Her escape — announced by the zoo as a “serious

situation” shortly after 8 that morning — prompted a “code blue,” indicating a non-dangerous animal was on the loose and forcing zoo officials to shutter the facility. Zoo

experts noted at the time that clouded leopards pose no danger to people. Still, authorities were unsure about the cat’s size — which turned out to be 25 pounds — and a police

department SWAT team was dispatched to help capture her.