Monthly Archives: April 2018

Kangaroo wouldn’t hop – so zoo visitors in China stoned it to death

A kangaroo was stoned to death in a Chinese zoo – apparently for the same reason that a brown bear was once crushed to death by Russian videographers, and a shark in Florida was dragged behind a motorboat like a kite.

That is, to gratify a human.

The kangaroo – a 12-year-old female whose name is not known – was not hopping enough to amuse spectators at the Fuzhou Zoo in February, The New York Times reported, quoting Chinese media.

The kangaroo was not hopping enough to amuse spectators.

Photo: Dean Osland

So someone picked up a rock. Or it might have been a brick or slab of concrete, Agence France-Presse wrote. In any case, it wasn’t unusual for visitors to this zoo in south-east China to provoke the zoo animals with projectiles.

“Some adults see the kangaroos sleeping and then pick up rocks to throw at them,” a zookeeper told the Haixia Metropolis News, as reported by the Times.

Zoo employees tried to dissuade the crowd, the worker said, but “after we cleared the display area of rocks, they went to find them elsewhere.”

By the time zookeepers rescued the kangaroo from the crowd, AFP reported, her foot was almost severed.

Details of the attack were first exposed publicly this week, when Chinese television stations broadcast images of the kangaroo lying battered in its enclosure, and then hooked to an intravenous drip, on which she survived for several days before succumbing to internal bleeding.

One of the rocks had ruptured the animal’s kidney, veterinarians discovered after the autopsy, the ABC wrote.

Pics of the bricks that visitors hurled at kangaroos at the zoo in Fujian, killing one and injuring another. Zoo staff say visitors often throw objects at animals despite it being ‘prohibited’.

Had the attacks ended then, they might be no more sadistic than any other to occur at a Chinese zoo, which AFP reports are lightly regulated and therefore especially prone to abuse. Last summer, for example, investors involved in a dispute with a zoo in Jiangsu province released a donkey into the tiger pen, with predictable results.

But the Fuzhou stonings didn’t end with that death. Just a few weeks later, the agency wrote, visitors attacked and injured a five-year-old kangaroo for similar reasons. It survived.

In nearly every media interview, zoo workers stressed that it’s against the rules to bludgeon the animal, but people keep doing it anyway. Having apparently given up on the prospect of voluntary civility, AFP wrote, the zoo now plans to install more security cameras.

The zoo also plans to stuff and display the dead kangaroo – as a sort of memorial to whatever it might now symbolise.

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Henry Sapiecha

GIANT PYTHON SNAKE: He’s off and racing in Australia

JOCKEY Masayuki Abe was given the fright of his life on Wednesday when a giant snake slithered onto the track in Cairns. North Queensland Australia

Abe posted the awsome snaps of the lerge python snake on his Facebook page

Abe was heading out to the track at about 5.30am when an attendant warned him that there was something on the track. Having ridden the track many times, Abe thought there might have been a kangaroo hopping around on the course.

“There are millions of Kangaroos on tracks in Cairns,” Abe told punters.com. “So off I went just cantering a lap and on the last corner he was there close to the inside track fence.”

The giant python makes its way onto the course proper at Cannon Park. Cairns North Queensland Australia

At first glance, Abe wasn’t quite sure if it was a snake because “I just never seen one that big before.”

“It looked like big crack on the ground in the dark.” he said.

“My horse didn’t even look at that, so I was fine, but in two seconds I realised that was what the gateman was yelling to me and I was so scared after that. I was hoping he’d be gone by the second lap, but he was still there waiting.”

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A jockey watches as snake makes its dash across the track.

Henry Sapiecha