A former zoo director in southern Mexico killed and cooked four pygmy goats for tacos at the end-of-year party, according to the local environment ministry. The Guerrero State Audit Office confirmed that it was investigating José Nava over alleged disappearances of animals and embezzlement of funds. However, the authority initially gave no information about the alleged goat banquet.
Nava was fired from his post as head of the Chilpancingo City Zoo in January. According to the Guerrero Ministry of the Environment, several animals disappeared during his tenure, including Watussi cattle and a zebra. The animals are said to have been either sold or exchanged without permission - for example for a microwave or sound systems. Other animals were mistreated accordingly.
According to media reports, the ex-zoo boss rejected the allegations. The zoo employees ate tacos at the party - from normal billy goats that belonged to him, not from pygmy goats from the zoo. Tacos are a typical Mexican dish consisting of thin flatbreads made from corn or wheat flour and various meat fillings.
Nava denied having acted in any way unlawfully at his post. The accusations are a mudslinging by the head of the Environment Agency against him for personal reasons.