COAL VALLEY, Ill. (KWQC) - The Niabi Zoo is searching for two North American badgers after they escaped their exhibit at the zoo.
In a release from the zoo, zoo officials say were not within their enclosure in the Biodiversity Hall on the morning of October 4. Officials say the badgers are native to this region and do not pose a threat to the public, domestic animals or the environment.
From the release: "The zoo has a thorough protocol in place to recover animals and is taking steps to bring the badgers home. Zoo officials ask the public not to search for the badgers. If they encounter a badger, they should not try to touch or capture the animal, but call the Niabi Zoo at 309-799-3482.
“We’re confident the two badgers will be recovered,” said Lee Jackson, director of Niabi Zoo. “Badgers will only behave aggressively if cornered, so we ask that no one attempts to capture a badger. They are not deemed a risk to people, domestic animals or the environment.”
Badgers are best-known for their digging skills and ability to burrow into compact dirt. The solitary animals are most active at night.
There are no distinguishable markings on the badgers that were in the zoo. The pair are fully immunized and chipped. "