15 Jan '12, 3am

China hyena incident reaffirms: Don't feed zoo animals

Shanghai (China Daily/ANN) - On Tuesday, the zoo released several gastroscopic photos on its micro blog showing a number of plastic items in the animal's stomach. "About two weeks ago, we found that Zhuang Zhuang, a spotted hyena, had lost his appetite and was in poor spirits, symptoms animals have after swallowing foreign bodies," said Xia Juxing, who is in charge of animal feeding at the zoo. The foreign items were not immediately removed during the endoscopy because of their large size. Instead, the animal was given medication to induce vomiting and the items were purged the next day. So far, Zhuang Zhuang is recovering well, according to the zoo. The zoo has found it a prolonged headache to keep visitors from feeding the animals. Signs are posted almost everywhere alerting people that it is against the rules, said Wang Aishan, director of the administrative office of t...

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