TORONTO - The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating claims a staff member at the Bowmanville Zoo repeatedly shot a giraffe with a BB gun.

Animal rights group PETA says that an alleged eyewitness says they saw a woman in what appeared to be a zoo uniform fire seven times at the giraffe, after closing time at the zoo on June 25.

PETA notified the OSPCA on Tuesday.

The Bowmanville Zoo, an exotic animal attraction east of Toronto, is set to close this year after the zoo said previous allegations of animal cruelty caused a drop in attendance.

The zoo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the BB gun allegations.

PETA has also released video of a BB gun hanging on the wall of what the organization says is the Bowmanville Zoo's baboon barn.