Zoo director Jay Christie examines the hole through which two pheasants disappeared
UPDATE, April 28: Turns out, those missing pheasants did not expire on someone's dinner table. One of them, in fact, is back at the Zoo. Jay Christie reports that one was caught on the Zoo grounds Sunday, and the other was spotted Saturday near All Saints. So be on the lookout...
While he's enjoying the arrival of two lion cubs at the Racine Zoo, Jay Cristie is also dealing with a mystery.
Christie, the zoo director, was confronted this morning with an empty cage. Two pheasants disappeared during the night -- apparently stolen. At least a big hole in their cage's fence would appear to indicate that thieves are involved.
The missing birds are golden pheasants, with a value of no more than $15 each. They're about one and one-half years old, and if Christie had to guess the thief or thieves' reason for stealing them, his first guess is "dinner."
This is the first animal theft Christie has had to deal with in his 12 years at the zoo.