Why Did the Zoo Close Early Yesterday?

by Prince Of Petworth April 5, 2012 at 10:30 am 36 Comments

Photo by flickr user thisisbossi

Yesterday afternoon we noted that the zoo closed early and crowds temporarily overwhelmed the Woodley Park metro. At the time the official response from the National Zoo on twitter was:

“We closed at 5 pm today due to capacity spring crowds. Parking is difficult this time of year, so take Metro if you’re able!”

Last night a PoPville follower tweeted that she thought the closure was because of the fight. This morning I saw a comment from Bossi with a link to his photos and tweets about the fight. He notes 4 fights before the closure:

“Fight 4 stopped when 1 girl pulls an orange-tipped toy gun. Guess it’s good that it’s a fake, but really: you pull an orange tip in a fight?”

If the zoo closed as a result of fights why would not just say it closed because of fights?

Unfortunately violence at the zoo is not completely uncommon this time of year. Last year on April 25th, 2011 the zoo closed as a result of a stabbing. And in April 2000 there was a shooting at the Zoo.


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