The heartbreaking results of of ongoing animal abuse at Bandung Zoo — a 14-hectare complex located in the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia — was recently captured on video. The Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group — an organization of animal rights advocates based in Indonesia — has been investigating the zoo since mid-2015.
The group has sent several investigators to observe how the animals are being treated there.
The sun bear gestures to visitors.
Needless to say, the group’s findings have been disturbing.
A member of the animal rights group had taken a video and it quickly went viral. The video shows sun bears inside a concrete enclosure at the zoo.
They’re crying out for food.
Sun bears are from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. They are also known as “honey bears,” as they have quite an appetite for honeycombs and, of course, honey. Normally, sun bears look cuddly. However, the sun bears seen in the viral video are so thin.
They scramble for pieces of food thrown by visitors.
In fact, several reports have described the sun bears at Bandung Zoo as “skeletal.” It’s really heartbreaking to see them begging zoo visitors for food.
Some zoo officials insist that these bears are "healthy."
Concerned citizens have started a petition on Change.org tagged as “Shut down Bandung Zoo now!”.
Compare: Healthy Bear vs. Starving Bear
However, some zoo officials remain indifferent to the plight of the sun bears and have merely dismissed their critics. One such person is Sudaryo, a spokesman for Yayasan Margasatwa Tamansari, the zoo’s operator.
The Jakarta Post quoted him as saying,
“Does being thin mean being unhealthy or not having enough food? On the other hand, looking fat does not mean an animal is healthy.”
Watch the heartbreaking video of the bears begging for food.
Sudaryo’s statement made a lot of people angry. It’s easy enough to see that the sun bears are horrifyingly thin. Reports have likewise noted that there have been times when the bears ate their own feces out of desperation.
For now, we can only sign the petition and hope that the zoo gets shut down. We hope the animals will be returned to their natural habitat or taken to a protected area supervised by animal rights advocates.
World’s Bravest Wild Duck Swims With Tiger And Plays a Dangerous Cat-And-Mouse Game
Apparently, the prey won this round.
A wild duck has wandered in a zoo pond to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with one its residents, a Sumatran tiger. The duck decided to take a dip in the tiger’s pool but the magnificent feline wasn’t so welcoming towards his unexpected visitor. A game of chase started and it was captured in a video that went viral on social media.
The duck started cooling off in Jalur the Sumatran tiger’s pool in Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, Sydney. Not content with getting itself wet, the duck seemed to be daring the feline to catch it as it circled around the pool. Each time Jalur gets close, the duck quickly evaded him.
Meet the duck that just wants to cool off in a pond and then decided to play with a predator.
Terrifying Giant Otters the Size of Wolves Once Roamed Ancient China, Fossils Show
Otters weren’t quite as adorable several million years ago.
Otters are North Pacific Ocean-native marine mammals that we always see as adorable furballs, but once you know its ancestors used to be the size of a wolf, you might not see it as something cute after all.
Scientists have unearthed fossils believed to belong to a prehistoric, wolf-sized otter that once roamed south-western China some 6.2 million years ago. The remains were found in Shuitangba quarry in 2010 by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. They gave the newly discovered otter species the name Siamogale melilutra, the fossils of which included a complete cranium and lower jaw, teeth and bones of the limbs.
The skull found in China’s Yunnan province was crushed millions of years ago but scientists have used advanced scanning to have them reconstructed digitally. It was then discovered that the skull and teeth resembled those of an otter or a badger....
10 Beautifully Transparent Animals That We Had No Idea Existed
What kind of sorcery is this?
The animal kingdom is never short of strange-looking species that never fail to amaze us. As if these scary creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean are not enough to wow us, we find more reasons to be awe-struck.
You see, while some animals are outright freaky, some just look utterly incredible, and well...transparent. Yes, you read it right - transparent. We can literally see through the skin and scales of these animals and see what's within, behind, or beneath them.
You might notice that most of these transparent creatures live under the sea and wonder why is that. Well, according to Sönke Johnsen of Scientific Americans, it all boils down to something called "self-preservation." Because these animals do not have teeth, toxins, or anything that can protect them from predators, nature awarded them with customized versions of invisibility cloaks!...