20-Kg of plastic in stomach of dead giraffe in Indonesia zoo
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20-Kg of plastic in stomach of dead giraffe in Indonesia zoo

Jakarta : Indonesia | Mar 03, 2012 at 6:44 PM PST
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It was a terrible way to die and shows the apathy we humans have towards animals. It also shows our attitude to the creatures, how we neglect them and the cruelty we indulge in.

An autopsy of a dead giraffe of the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia showed a lump of plastic weighing 20-Kg and 60-cm in diameter in its stomach. It was also having tuberculosis.

It can be safely concluded that the giraffe had eaten these plastic which came from the food packets and wrappers thrown by visiting human beings.

Kliwon, the 30-year old male giraffe in the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia was the last giraffe in the zoo and had been leading a lonely life in its pen for the last 13-years.

Surabaya Zoo is the largest in the country. More than 500 animals have died there between 2010 and 2011.

The zoo was criticized in 2010 when hundreds of the deaths that were reported were of diseases that could have been cured if it had been detected in time and attended to.

These were diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition.

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