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Yet another Surabaya Zoo animal dies

A Sumatran tiger at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, died on early Thursday after suffering digestive and respiratory problems for two years.

The zoo’s curator, Penta, said that Rosek, a 13-year-old Sumatran tiger, was found dead in its cage by a zookeeper.

"We had been trying to treat Rosek and gave it enzymes for digestion. We also took the animal outside its cage for a walk and some sun,” Penta told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said Surabaya Zoo now had only 10 Sumatran tigers, seven of which were females. One female tiger is currently undergoing treatment for an illness similar to that of Rosek.

Internal conflict has plagued Surabaya Zoo since 1998 and peaked in 2007, when a number of animals died allegedly due to poor treatment.

On Sept.8, 2012, Santi, a white tiger, died due to paralysis.

Data show that almost 250 animals at Surabaya Zoo died in 2011, including a mountain goat that suffered digestive problems. An autopsy found plastic bags in its stomach. The zoo’s veterinary team also found 25 stones in the stomach of a dead crocodile.

From June to August 2010, 20 animals died at the zoo, including a Sumatran tiger and 13 baby komodo dragons.

Most of the animals died from pneumonia, dehydration caused by diarrhea and malnutrition, while other problems included a dirty and poor environment and lack of nutritious food. (asw/ebf)

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