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Mexican authorities have seized 27 animals from the Santiago Zoo in Baja California Sur and fined the owner 172,380 pesos.

During an inspection, officers from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) discovered lack of documentation proving the legal origin of the animals seized, lack of an updated inventory of the animals living there, lack of a Management Plan mandatory for all facilities working with wildlife and general improper treatment and care of the animals.

Officers seized 5 racoons, 3 grey foxes, 1 spider monkey, 2 ostriches, 10 emus, 2 peacocks, 1 caracara, 2 snakes and a turtle.

All animals were taken to a local university where they will be monitored until ready to be released into the wild.

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