Zoo Director Jailed for Wallaby Drowning

Will face 30 days on charges of animal cruelty


Virginia zoo director Meghan Mogensen has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for animal cruelty after drowning an adult wallaby named Parmesan in January. Parmesan was being treated for a minor eye injury when another zoo employee found the animal’s body soaking in a plastic bag inside a dumpster.

Mogensen initially said that she had humanely euthanized the wounded animal on orders of a senior zoo official, a claim that was disproved when a necropsy of the animal showed clear signs of drowning. In addition to jail time, Mogensen will suffer a $1,250 fine and a six-month suspension of her driver’s license for the illegal possession of animal anesthetics.

Via Washington Post