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Fears rise for sick hippo at troubled zoo

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Fri, October 28 2011   /  08:00 am

A sick hippopotamus at Surabaya Zoo is in danger of following in the tragic hoof-steps of his former neighbor — a babirusa that died on Monday as a result of neglect due to a managerial conflict.

The babirusa, a member of the pig family native to Indonesia, died a day after a komodo dragon passed away at the same zoo, also due to sickness.

The sick hippopotamus is one of eight hippopotami at Surabaya Zoo, which was once hailed as having the most complete animal collection in Southeast Asia.

The zoo has been hit by a string of animal deaths and thefts since 2008 that have been blamed on an internal managerial conflict.

Anthan Warsito, a manager at the zoo, said that he hoped the recent animal deaths would be the last.

“I pray there will be no more deaths. Last year saw too many animals die for us not to learn a lesson,” Anthan told The Jakarta Post...