Ochsner Park Zoo reports several animals missing after vandals cut the locks on their cages


Two otters are missing from Ochsner Park Zoo. Photo credit: Facebook/Ochsner Park Zoo.

Two great horned owls and two otters escaped after vandals broke in to the Ochsner Park Zoo in Baraboo, Wisconsin, last night and cut the locks off of some of the animal habitats, releasing the animals.


No dangerous animals are loose. Police said the two otters that went missing are "very friendly."

Baraboo Police told WKOW news that the vandals attempted to release other animals including a bear and wolves but they were unsuccessful.


The otters were later found unharmed in a river about four blocks from the zoo. The two owls are still missing. The Baraboo Police Department said the zoo will remain closed until further notice.


This past December, a shelter enclosure for donkeys, llamas and wolves caught fire at the Ochsner Park Zoo. No animals were harmed in the fire. The shelter was a total loss. The cause of the fire was undetermined.


The suspect or suspects that vandalized the zoo last night have not been identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Baraboo Police Department.