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59 animals dead in Brazil zoo murder mystery
Saturday, February 28, 2004 Posted: 0131 GMT ( 9:31 AM HKT)
巴西动物园59只动物神秘被害


SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) -- Nearly 60 animals have been killed at the Sao Paulo Zoo since last month and police expect to track down the suspected killers soon, a Brazilian official said on Friday.
巴西,圣保罗(路透社)--一名巴西官员于周五宣称:自上月以来,圣保罗动物园中有近60只动物被杀死。警方有望很快追踪到可疑杀手。


Laboratory tests have shown the animals were killed with a rat poison banned in Brazil.
实验室检测表明,这些动物是被巴西明令禁止的一种灭鼠药所毒杀。


Joao Carlos Meirelles, a Sao Paulo state minister, said investigators had ruled out the deaths being an accident, mainly because the dose was so high in most of the dead animals.
圣保罗的一个官员Joao Carlos Meirelles声称,调查显示,死亡事件是蓄意所为,在大部分的死亡动物的体内药物的剂量极高。

The 59 victims so far include an elephant, dromedaries, monkeys and porcupines.
目前为止,死亡的动物包括大象、单峰骆驼、猴子以及豪猪。


"We can say with almost total certainty that the suspects will be identified by next week, give or take," Meirelles said
“可以确定的是,到下周我们就基本可以证实我们的怀疑,”Meirelles说。


The zoo management has put 15 workers on leave while they are under investigation. It has also ordered all staff to work in pairs.
动物园的管理部门已经让15名工人在被调查期间去休假。并且规定所有的员工必须成对工作。


The latest victims have been the porcupines. In all, 36 were killed, of which six were ready to be donated to another zoo.
最近死亡的动物是豪猪。共有36只被毒杀,其中6只正准备捐赠给另一个动物园。


"If it's someone from inside of the zoo, I can't understand what is going through this person's mind," said a security guard, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Ronaldo.

 

"If this is an outside job, I can't understand how they are managing to do it, given our strict security measures."

 

The public is just as frustrated.

 

"The poor things are defenseless. Clearly, they are paying the price for some personal vendetta," said Simone Oka Filho, visiting the zoo with her son and nephew on Friday.

The zoo killings have attracted international attention.

"There is certainly an international cause for concern, for all of us who really care about animals, so we can know how to avoid this type of situation," said Jane Ballaintine, a spokeswoman for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

"But deliberate incidents such as this one are very few and far between. It really shocks us that anyone would want to do this."