December 13th, 2013
10:23 AM ET

National Zoo Under Fire Over Animal Care

The National Zoo in Washington is under fire this morning after several of the zoo's animals have died there recently.

“On Wednesday, it was an endangered horse which rammed into a fence inside its barn. Both a gazelle and antelope-like animal broke their necks the same way. And a hog died from possible malnutrition,” CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Now two internal reports suggest the other animals there could also be at risk.

“The congressional committee that oversees the national zoo is now going to take a look into whether budget cuts have compromised the zoo's ability to care for these animals,” Lawrence says.

“Critics say the zoo simply has too many animals but some zoo officials are pushing back on that, saying that, basically, they've already implemented a lot of the changes that those investigators recommended and they point to fact that not only were they re-accredited just a few months ago, they also passed an inspection by the Department of Agriculture.”

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