NSPCA con­cerned about an­i­mals at East Lon­don Zoo

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The Na­tional Coun­cil of the So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (NSPCA) said on Fri­day it had grave con­cerns sur­round­ing the rea­sons for the eu­thana­sia of the fe­male bear at the East Lon­don Zoo this week.

It was brought to light that the bear had be­come paral­ysed in the hind legs and the de­ci­sion was made to eu­thanase her. It is un­clear how long she had been suf­fer­ing for.

“We have is­sued a num­ber of warn­ings to the East Lon­don Zoo with re­gards to the gen­eral con­di­tion of the bears in the past and we re­main gravely con­cerned for all the an­i­mals kept at this zoo‚” Na­tional in­spec­tor Mar­tie Ros­souw‚ man­ager of the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Unit, said.

“We are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned for the re­main­ing bear who has now lost her com­pan­ion.”

The NSPCA said it would in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and eu­thana­sia of the bear.

The Daily Dis­patch has pre­vi­ously re­ported that the bear‚ named Jenny‚ was 35 years old.

The re­main­ing bear‚ Gina‚ has lived in a pit en­clo­sure with her mother Jenny for more than 30 years. The con­di­tion of an­i­mals at the zoo has been placed in the spot­light by Al­go­aFM DJ Daron Mann and Ukraine-based bear ex­pert Lionel de Lange.

De Lange has voiced con­cern about the sur­viv­ing bear, say­ing: “She is go­ing to stress if she’s got noth­ing to do but stare at a brick wall”.

A fe­male bear had been eu­thanased af­ter she had be­come paral­ysed

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