Break-in at Vancouver aquarium on day of beluga death "likely a sad coincidence"
A man broke into the Vancouver aquarium the same morning the beluga Tiqa died, but police have said the events probably aren't linked.
Just after 4:30 a.m. today (September 16), aquarium staff spotted a man climbing down into the beluga enclosure. After a staffer shouted at him, the man fled.
Vancouver police say they are investigating the incident.
"Investigators have not uncovered any evidence to this point to link the two incidents but are awaiting the results of a necropsy for further information on the cause of death," Const. Jana McGuinness, a police spokesperson, said in a statement.
The necropsy was to take place today at the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Health Centre, according to an aquarium news release.
Tiqa had been placed on medication and an around-the-clock watch, after blood tests the day before her death revealed abnormalities.
Update (5:48 p.m.): The Vancouver aquarium has said that Tiqa died of pneumonia.