Heart-breaking footage has showed skeletal bears begging for food from visitors at a so-called ‘death zoo’ in Indonesia.
The apparently starving sun bears, ribs clearly visible, were filmed standing scrabbling for scraps of junk food thrown into their enclosure at Badung Zoo, West Java.
The distressing clips were shot by investigators from a wildlife trade monitoring group as hundreds of thousands of people call for the zoo to be shut down. A petition launched six months ago claims the bears are left so hungry they are forced to eat their own faeces and urged Indonesia’s president to take action.
Scorpion, a wildlife trade monitoring group, sent an investigator to the tourist attraction where they captured footage of starving bears standing on their hind legs and begging for snacks.
The new videos, filmed last week, show the bears standing on their hind legs to beg for food as visitors throw in cake, sweets and crackers.
Gunung Gea, the director of Scorpion, told Daily Mail Australia: “When my team visited the zoo last week there was no grass or live trees on the floor of their cage. We saw a sun bear eating its own dung but when we contacted the zoo’s officers they told us the bear was medicated and we weren’t allowed to see it.”
Animal activist Tori Hollingsworth was so outraged by the video she decided to create a petition – which has 12,000 signatures so far – demanding the zoo be shut. “The video shows how the sun bears immediately go after small pieces of food that are tossed in their direction. They stand on their two feet and beg for more in a truly heartbreaking moment.”
The petition, signed by more than 190,000 people, reads: “The Bandung Zoo has been coined Indonesia’s ‘death zoo’ and must be shut down immediately.
“Tourists often report that the confined animals look emaciated and weak.”
“The zoo is overcrowded and doesn’t have a veterinarian on hand, so when animals fall ill they are left to suffer.”
The same zoo came under fire last year when a Sumatran elephant, Yani, died after being sick for a week without receiving proper medical treatment. The zoo at the time did not have any in-house vet.
Source: dailymail.co.uk / mirror.co.uk