Camron Park Zoo’s first shark, 4-year-old Loki, who came to the Texas zoo two months ago, died Jan. 18, 2019 after a fight with a moray eel that was his tank mate. Officials say Loki was attacked overnight and was found by staff in the morning.
James Kusmierczyk, Cameron Park Zoo’s veterinarian, reported that a green moray eel attacked Loki who was a bonnethead shark. Loki sustained life-threatening injuries. He said Loki was about two-thirds the size of the moray eel.
The research conducted before Loki arrived at the zoo did not indicate a shark and eel could not reside in the same habitat. Kusmierczyk said before the attack there was no sign of aggression.
Loki was a small shark, weighing only four pounds and was almost 30 inches long. He loved shrimp and could 18 pieces at one meal.
The shark originally lived at Chattanooga’s Tennessee Aquarium. Officials from Cameron Park Zoo said Loki was obtained for free, and only had to pay for the transportation to Waco which was 13 hours.
After a quarantine period, Loki started to be exhibited in November. After the death of the shark, zoo officials are evaluating if another shark should be brought into the zoo.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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