Three Juveniles Arrested for Zoo Killings

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ Three juveniles have been arrested in last month's deaths of four birds at Emporia's David Traylor Zoo.

Prosecutors say a 13-year-old and two 11-year-olds face four counts of felony cruelty to animals, and one count each of burglary and criminal damage. The older youth was cited for driving without a valid license.

A hearing for one of the youths was Monday and the others were expected in court Tuesday. All are being held in a juvenile detention center.

Zoo employees arrived at work June 22 and found two cereopsis geese and one black swan dead from blunt force trauma and puncture wounds. Another black swan had to be euthanized because of the severity of its injuries.

At the time, police said intruders damaged several flower pots and used the pieces in the attack.

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