It’s an urban jungle out there. Park rangers handled 748 sick, misplaced or dead animals spotted in city parks — ranging from 451 raccoons to four coyotes to one Dutch blue love bird, according to city data from May 2, 2018, to June 12, 2019. The critters range from the everyday city pigeons and domestic dogs and cats to an alligator snapping turtle in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and a harbor seal found dead on Staten Island. Central Park logged the most wildlife reports, with 274 birds, turtles and raccoons — many of which suffered from the canine distemper virus that makes them act like zombies. Across the city, 155 critters were considered healthy, 451 unhealthy or injured and 104 dead on arrival. Conditions were not known for all. The urban park rangers respond to calls from the public, park employees or others who have spotted an animal that looks sick or out of place. Sometimes the animal has wandered away by the time they arrive — 232 animal reports were deemed “unfounded,” including one for a boa constrictor someone claimed to have spotted in Morningside Park. see also Raccoon that attacked 3 in Westchester tests positive for… Read full this story
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