A notorious Thai zoo has sparked concern for the health of its animals after it reopened to visitors following the Covid lockdown.
People found bears begging for food in tiny enclosures, emaciated tigers and cattle, crocodiles swimming in filthy water and orangutans desperately reaching out to tourists behind bars.
A vet dispatched by the government said the animals were thin because they were being kept in cramped enclosures where they had to fight for scraps of food at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Bangkok.
Regular visitors believe the zoo failed to keep its animals well fed and looked after during lockdown because it was not making money.
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has campaigned for several years for the zoo to be closed down, calling it ‘hell on Earth for animals’.
This article was published by the Daily Mail on February 18, 2021.