Zoos in Ohio and Southern California have reportedly been flooded with calls for help after a black male clown named Charlie was found dead at a Cleveland zoo.
Charlie was discovered after a zoo employee noticed his body and called 911, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Charlie’s death was ruled a suicide by his family, but officials have not released his name or his cause of death.
In the video, a woman can be heard asking the police officer who found Charlie, “What’s his name?,” according to Fox News.
She can be seen pleading with him to “stop,” saying she would rather have a child than have to deal with a dead clown.
When the police respond to the call, they can be overheard asking, “Did you find a dead animal?” and asking, “[T]here’s no way that you can be the one to find him, because he’s dead.”
Charlie’s body was found in a wooded area near the zoo, according the Cincinnati Sun-Times.
A search warrant for the zoo was obtained, and the officers who found the body said they found the dead animal in the wooded park area.
Police did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
In a video posted by the Cincinnati Zoo, a zookeeper can be found speaking with a police officer on the phone.
“The next thing you know, you’re out there looking at a dead body, and you’re looking for the next thing to find,” zookeepers said.
“You can tell by the tone of voice, by the fact that it’s the last thing you want to hear.”