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Zoo Idaho staff are grieving today after the tragic passing of a beloved animal.
On Saturday, after performing their morning check and feeding of the zoo’s coyotes Ky and Odie, staff received a report from a patron of an injured coyote. Employees then entered the exhibit and found Ky injured in the holding area and found Odie deceased in the southeast corner of the exhibit with injuries to the front part of his body and legs.
“All of us who have ever worked with animals cannot help but develop connections to the animals we work with and for,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Superintendent. “Ky and Odie have been part of the zoo and our family for 10 years and it will be very hard to walk by the exhibit, howl, and only hear one voice howl back.”
Officials say the exact cause of Odie’s death and Ky’s injuries is unknown but there was evidence of a fight between the coyotes and an animal through the exhibit fence where Odie was found. Once the cause is determined, zoo staff will begin the process of making modifications to the exhibit to prevent future incidents.
Ky is currently responding to veterinary treatment and zoo staff are hopeful she makes a full recovery.
The pair had lived together at Zoo Idaho since 2006. Ky and Odie came to the zoo as pups from the Millville Predator Research Facility in Logan, Utah.
Pruett says the zoo has notified, per reporting requirements, the United States Department of Agriculture of Odie’s death and will be cooperating with their investigation.