Bighorn sheep escapes Los Angeles Zoo
LOS ANGELES — A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park on Saturday and dashed around the hills in the park for hours before it ended up on a residential street where it was struck by a car and died, a zoo spokeswoman said.
The sheep got free from its enclosure and darted through an area where zoo visitors were gathered. It escaped the zoo, probably by jumping a fence, and scampered around the hills of the park, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said.
The animal was loose for about three hours before it was struck by a car on a residential street near the Greek Theatre, she said. The concert venue is southwest of the zoo, on the other side of Griffith Park.
Veterinarians and animal care staff set up a perimeter around the sheep and tranquilized it. The animal died a short time later, Spurlock said. A necropsy is planned.
The car’s driver did not stop after striking the animal, but witnesses saw the collision, Spurlock said.
Zoo officials were trying to determine how the animal got out of its enclosure.