The Jakarta Post
A camel by the name of Eastern was found dead at the Surabaya Zoo on Wednesday night. Just a day before that, a rare anoa (a midget buffalo) named Happy was also found dead.
Surabaya zoo spokesman Agus Supangat said Eastern had been under close monitoring by the zoo's medical team due to its old age.
'It is strongly believed that the death came as a result of the recent bad weather plaguing the region. However, Eastem had also been on our watch list, as it was known to have been a very old 24 years,' he told reporters on Thursday.
With Eastem gone, continued Agus, the zoo has only seven remaining camels, two males and five females.
The death of Eastem brings the list of dead animals in the January-February 2014 period to 10 different species, which included a gnu, a lion, a mountain goat, a Bawean deer, two barking deer, a Komodo dragon, a baboon, a nilgai, a male anoa and now a camel. (tjs/dic)
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