An endangered Northern spotted owl died of head trauma 5 days after arriving at multi-millionaire Gordon Blankstein's private zoo, the Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Centre. Considering how much trouble they have been in over animal abuse issues (more than 50 allegations of animal abuse by more than 30 staff from the zoo, as well as some by SPCA investigators, in addition to a number of charges being forwarded to the Crown for prosecution) it makes you wonder what really happened to this poor owl that was minding its own business, flying through the woods almost a week earlier. What would cause so much head trauma in an owl that it would die? I certainly hope that the ongoing SPCA investigation uncovers what happened with this owl at the Mountain View Conservation Centre, and that the Ministry of Environment learns its lesson after this owl's death and the various animal abuse charges against the Mountain View Conservation Centre and starts sending the owls to zoos that take good care of the animals.
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