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Jakarta Post

More animals at Surabaya Zoo on the brink of death

  • Indra Harsaputra and Wahjoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 16 2011   /  08:20 am

The Surabaya zoo, which is embroiled in a management conflict that has spilled over to threaten the health of its resident animals, has announced that 14 of its animals, including a babirusa, a Bawean deer, a koala bear, an American black bear, a camel and a Sumatran tiger, are currently on the brink of death.

The news comes just weeks after two Komodo dragons at the zoo died from disease due to neglect.

“They are in a very critical state. Besides being skinny and ridden with disease, some of the animals are suffering from disabilities,” Surabaya Zoo interim management team head Tony Sumampau said.

The American black bear has a skin tumor and the Sumatran tiger is suffering from digestive problems. The two camels have head and leg wounds. The sick animals are being cared for by a team of veterinarians, Sumampau said.

“The conditions — cramped and unhyg...