Marwell Zoo: Fareham man admits inflicting animal cruelty after bottle was thrown at giraffe throughout break-in

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Video footage posted on social media on the time of the incident at Marwell Zoo close to Bishop’s Waltham appeared to point out a bottle being thrown on the head of a giraffe.

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A tiger was additionally filmed apparently being inspired to method a fence earlier than being kicking out at and scared away.

A courtroom as we speak heard Inexperienced and two different males are accused of inflicting between £1,500 and £2,000 value of harm to the zoo’s fences and enclosures and inflicting a number of of the animals to be ‘distressed,’ earlier than phoning a feminine pal to select them up.

A number of police items, together with armed response officers, a dog unit and a helicopter have been dispatched to catch the intruders following the incident in February 2021 amid fears endangered animals have been in danger.

Nathan Daniels, 21, of Alexander Grove, Fareham, and Inexperienced, of Salterns property, Fareham, and Jason Huggitt, 23, of Brockhurst Highway, Gosport, all entered not responsible pleas to a cost of housebreaking with intent to commit prison harm.

Jason Huggitt Image: Will Dax/Solent Information & Picture Company

Daniels and Huggitt pleaded not responsible to a cost of inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal, whereas Inexperienced pleaded responsible.

Coral Lock, 23, of Southway, Gosport, who was charged with helping an offender, didn’t enter a plea.

All 4 are actually attributable to stand trial at crown courtroom.

Nathan Daniels Image: Will Dax/Solent Information & Picture Company

Marwell Zoo is house to Southern White Rhinoceros, Grevy’s Zebras, Pygmy hippos and Humboldt penguins – all of that are presently endangered or liable to extinction.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court docket, as we speak heard that on that evening a gang had lower by way of a ‘double chain hyperlink fence’ earlier than inflicting a number of of the zoo’s animals to be ‘distressed.’

Prosecuting, David Fosler mentioned: ‘The zoo’s basic upkeep supervisor discovered that an inner fence had been lower in a vertical line.

‘A barbed wire fence had additionally been lower.

Coral Lock Image: Will Dax/Solent Information & Picture Company

‘A number of animal enclosures have been interfered with.

‘There was harm to the tiger enclosure in addition to these of the cheetah, penguins, and giraffe.

‘The harm was repaired by the in-house upkeep staff.’

The courtroom was advised the zoo estimated the harm to have value between £1,500 and £2,000, with out the price of paying their staff for the work.

The actions of intruders – who inspired a tiger to method a fence earlier than being kicking out at and scared away – allegedly precipitated the animal to be considerably ‘distressed’.

Mr Fosler added: ‘The zoo’s keepers say the animals have been very distressed, significantly the giraffes, cheetahs and tigers.’

Pictured: Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court docket Image: Will Dax/Solent Information & Picture Company

The courtroom heard that when the three males noticed a police automobile arrive with its blue lights on, they phoned Lock, and requested her to select them up.

All 4 defendants, who haven’t any earlier convictions, have been launched on unconditional bail.

They are going to seem at Winchester Crown Court docket subsequent month.

On the time, the zoo described movies which circulated on social media after the break-in as ‘appalling’.

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