More Animals in Critical Condition at Surabaya’s Alleged Zoo of Death

By webadmin on 12:38 pm Aug 19, 2010
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Surabaya. The situation at Surabaya Zoo is deteriorating, with eight animals undergoing intensive treatment for serious medical conditions.

Among the animals are a bison, camel, white tigress, black beer and two critically endangered Komodo dragons and a Sumatran tiger, Agus Supangkat, a spokesman for the zoo, also known as Kebon Binatang Surabaya (Surabaya Animal Park), told state news agency Antara on Thursday.

“There is also a sick giraffe. He’s suffering from depression after living alone in a cage for four years,” Agus said.

The animals are suffering from a range of ailments, he said.

The lion and the white tigress have problems with their hind legs, the bison is suffering from lung infection and eye problem, the black bear has a tumor and the Komodos are weak from aging. The camel and Sumatran tiger are suffering from wounds to their legs.

On Saturday, a Sumatran tiger died, becoming the third animal to do so in a week.

Zoo records show that in June this year alone, the zoo lost 13 animals, including a Komodo dragon and a Bali starling, both endangered species.

Agus said the sick animals were being treated in their own cages, saying it “is difficult to remove them to the quarantine room.”

Last week, animal expert Tony Sumampau, who has been appointed by the Ministry of Forestry as head of the zoo’s interim management, told The Jakarta Globe that pneumonia, too little food, unattended and rundown cages and unprofessional staff had led to the deaths.

“If the zoo’s condition continues like this, I predict the animals in the zoo will all die,” he said, adding that he had data revealing that as many as 320 animals in the zoo died over the past 12 months.

Liang Kaspe, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, told Antara that they were doing their best to keep the surviving animals healthy, including by supplying nutritious food.

He said, however, that the zoo was struggling to prevent members of the public feeding the animals and passing on diseases.

Antara/JG