An endangered golden-headed lion tamarin and a family of critically endangered Visayan warty pigs were recently eaten by other animals in two separate but equally shocking incidents at the Bristol Zoo.
Worst of all, officials there say the deaths weren't really a mistake - just the result of "natural behaviors."
A zoo whistleblower says that the tamarin, a monkey native to the forests of Brazil, perished in mid-January after escaping his enclosure and falling into a nearby pond. The source told the Bristol Post that the rare primate was "trapped in a drainage valve and then eaten by [North] American otters."
Although the two species would never come into contact naturally, the zoo later released a statement suggesting that the tamarin's death by otters was just "natural animal behaviors" playing out:
"Our animals are also housed in natural enclosures, replicating environments they would be used to in the wild. As a result, on rare occasions, despite our best efforts, we are not able to prevent unfortunate and unforeseen situations from occurring."