A rhinoceros has escaped from the zoo that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ “expert witness,” wildlife consultant and behavioral specialist Jay Pratte, designed enclosures for until July.
The “expert” is used by PETA in cases where they are attempting to seize animals from privately owned zoos, exotic pet owners and smaller preserves — usually for mistakes or transgressions that are far less dire than what has happened in the last few months at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. He is paid handsomely for his testimonies, at a rate of $80 an hour up to $800 a day.
On Tuesday, guests at the zoo Pratte oversaw for 11 years were told to shelter in place as a 5,000-pound Indian rhino had escaped from their barn enclosure during normal business hours.
During his time at the zoo, Pratte was in charge of “exhibit design and restructuring,” according to his LinkedIn profile. The enclosure has not been changed since he