Animals turned to cannibalism due to extreme hunger in an Egyptian Zoo, Green prophet website reported today.
Since Tuesday, a photo of an African baboon, whose feet were cannibalized by fellow cage mates in a zoo in Delta’s Sharqia governorate has gone viral. “Due to extreme hunger, some animals starved to death, and others have eaten each others,” social media user Miss Assnaa posted on Save an Innocent Animal Soul Facebook page on Tuesday.
Assnaa cited a report by an eye-witness who said that he saw a group of baboons turning against one of their cage-mates. Moreover, the witness accused the Zakazik Zoo employees of waiting to feed the animals until visitors offered money while he said that the cages were extremely dirty and there was no medical care for the animals inside.
According to Cairo Post, the director of the Zoo, Ayman Lotfi, denied such social media reports, adding that the 17-year-old baboon was injured after he went on the rampage because his pregnant wife abandoned him for his newly born baboon.
Lotfi gave an interview with the news website Youm7 in which he said that authorities in the Zoo decided to isolate the injured baboon, the father, to protect the baby.
This is not the first Zoo scandal in Egypt. Egyptianstreets website reported that a series of scandals emerged over the years for the living conditions of the animals at the Giza Zoo, the largest Zoo in Egypt.
In 2013, a three-year-old giraffe reportedly committed suicide due to mental issues, and three black bears died under what Zoo authorities called a ‘bear riot’; in 2008, two men broke into the Zoo and killed two camels; in 2006, more than 500 birds were slaughtered to prevent the outbreak of the bird flu; in 2004, two gorillas thought to be infected with the Ebola virus were killed by zookeepers;