When staff saw Margaash getting close to the forest outside, the zoo veterinarian advised against using a tranquilizer dart on the animal. A member of the zoo’s “firearm team” shot Margaash with a bullet instead, killing him in the process.
“The animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, [so] the vet did not believe a tranquiliser dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work,” the statement said. "Safety of the public is always of paramount importance.”
Julie Woodyer, campaign director for Zoocheck, has a different take.