Injured roadrunner euthanized at Garden City zoo

This roadrunner at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City had to be euthanized after an apparent beating. (Photo from Lee Richardson Zoo)
This roadrunner at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City had to be euthanized after an apparent beating. (Photo from Lee Richardson Zoo)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A roadrunner at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City has been euthanized after an apparent beating.

A visitor reported that something was wrong with one of the birds in the aviary on July 3. General curator and deputy director Kristi Newland said the roadrunner was then transported to the zoo’s vet clinic.

Newland says staff determined the bird needed to be euthanized because of “malicious trauma suspected to be from a member of the public.”

Garden City Police Department Capt. Michael Reagle says it appears the bird, named Elmer, was kicked or stomped on, or something was used to beat it.

Reagle says no suspects have been identified.

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