Tiger’s diet goes down a bit badly
Officials at Kristiansand Zoo in Norway have reportedly admitted that a healthy zebra was killed simply because they had too many of them.
The row started when one mum posted a snap of the butchered zebra on Facebook with the caption: “Should take a look at the tigers today. What met me was a little macabre.”
Angry parents taking young children to see their favourite animals on the day condemned the spectacle as “traumatic”.
One protester said online: “A little too macabre for me. Animals eat animals, but I did not think I would see that at the zoo.”
Another said: “Horrid. Traumatic for young children.”
Leading child psychologist Mange Raundalen later condemned the display as “grotesque”. Vet Rolf-Arne Olberg said: “I think most people realise that a tiger eats meat. There is no point hiding it away.”
He added: “I understand people’s reactions, but it is quite normal for a tiger or lion to eat their prey.
“With a whole animal to eat, they must spend some time tearing it apart with their claws and teeth. It stimulates natural behaviour.”
The zoo said it had explained this and the guests realised this was the way nature was.
“We must not avoid the fact that predators eat other animals,” the official explained.