ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Western North Carolina Nature Center lost a third animal in six months Thursday night, following the suspicious death of a resident deer.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, officials are on high alert following the discovery of Baby, a 13-year-old female deer, who was found dead Friday morning in her exhibit with suspicious injuries.
The deer appeared to have broken her neck running into a fence and had a suspicious puncture wound on her hind quarters, officials said.
Park officials said that it’s not uncommon for animals to run into fencing if they feel threatened, but based on the direction she was running, they believe the threat came from within park grounds.
A pair of rabbits were stolen from the Nature Center in June and never recovered.
The park has cameras indoors and around more dangerous animals, but with 52 acres of land, officials say it would be impossible to have cameras on every exhibit.
Read more: The Asheville Citizen-Times