Famous L.A. Cougar May Have Killed Koala
The young mountain lion, which beats the odds crossing busy highways, is the main suspect in the death of a zoo koala.
The famous cougar of Hollywood, P-22, has his first celebrity scandal: He's implicated in a murder.
A 14-year-old female koala named Killarney went missing on March 3 from the Los Angeles Zoo, which is located inside Griffith Park, a sprawling, urban preserve that is part of the mountain lion's home range.
A search of zoo grounds revealed portions of the elderly koala's remains. When zoo staffers looked back at surveillance footage, they saw that P-22 had visited the zoo the night before, according to a zoo statement.
While this provides pretty strong circumstantial evidence, it's possible that some other predator killed the koala, according to the Los Angeles Zoo and the National Park Service, which studies P-22. (See "A Cougar Ready for His Closeup.")