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Hungry Bears Beg for Food at Indonesia Zoo in Heartbreaking Videos

Video by Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group appears to show emaciated sun bears begging for food at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. (Video via YouTube)

By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 05:28 PM

Video of emaciated, hungry bears begging for food at an Indonesian zoo has sparked outrage and calls for the zoo to be shut down.

Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group has been monitoring the sun bears at Bandung Zoo since last year and recently released videos showing the skeletal bears pacing, begging visitors for food, and eating their feces, BBC News reported.

"The enclosure is dirty, the water is polluted and unclean, and the floor has no grass. There are no live trees in the enclosure," Scorpion's program director Gunung Gea told the BBC.

But zoo spokesman Sudaryo said the bears are fed regularly and their health is monitored.

"We provide enough food. ... People say they are thin, but does (that) mean they are not healthy and they are not eating? It's not," he said, according to BBC.

The zoo has long been the subject of criticism and was closed temporarily last year after a Sumatran elephant was found dead with bruises on its body, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The zoo's only veterinarian reportedly resigned in 2015, according to ABC, and online petitions calling for the zoo's closure have garnered more than 300,000 signatures.

"The bears are extremely thin and very hungry. Appalled visitors give them junk food to try and keep them alive," animal activist Tori Hollingsworth said, according to the Daily Mail.

'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," she continued. "These beautiful creatures should not be allowed to spend one more day at this terrible facility where they are forced to live between concrete walls, with no proper shelter and absolutely no food and water."

Twitter users shared concerns.

 

 

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