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Human & animal conflict of the nation’s menagerie

  • Arif Suryobuwono

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  01:10 am

Up close: Visitors watch a komodo dragon at the Indonesia Safari Park in Bogor, West Java. (JP)All the country’s a menagerie; and all its animals are at the mercy of its human stewards. Some remain in the wild. Some are taken care of for conservation. Some are merely pawns, expendable if need be.Giving birth standing up, a mother giraffe collapsed with its legs stretched out straight in opposite directions. Somehow, with great difficulty, it managed to stand up again only to collapse again in the same fashion. About 40 veterinarians, biologists and staff members could only watch in helpless horror as the poor giraffe, in unspeakable agony, struggled to hold on to life and died a few hours later. “We were all at a loss as to what to do. Fortunately, the baby survived,” recalled Indonesia Safari Park director Jansen Manangsang of his heartbreaking, harrowing hours of ...