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Report Released; Zoo Director Resigns
By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The embattled director of the National Zoo will leave her job, officials announced Wednesday after release of a report critical of care in the wake of a host of animal deaths at the 114-year-old, high-visibility capital attraction.
A spokeswoman for the Smithsonian Institution, which oversees the zoo, said Lucy Spelman will depart as director at the end of the year.
A National Academy of Sciencespanel of veterinarians, zookeepers and others began investigating the zoo last year after several well-publicized animal deaths, including two red pandas that succumbed after eating rat poison buried in their yard by exterminators trying to get rid of rodents.