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03 December 2023

Indonesian police investigate deaths of African lion, wildebeest at largest zoo


 Indonesian police are investigating the latest animal deaths in Indonesia's largest and problem-plagued zoo.

Zoo spokesman Agus Supangkat said Thursday that an 18-month-old male African lion was found hanged on a steel cable inside its cage. Days earlier, on Sunday, a 5-year-old wildebeest died of a suspected stomach problem due to hot weather and humidity.

Police are investigating how the lion became entrapped by the cable, which is used by zookeepers to open the cage.

The Surabaya Zoo in East Java's capital has been criticized over the deaths of scores of animals, including another African lion and a Sumatran tiger, in the last few years.

Built over a century ago under the Dutch colonial rule, it houses some 3,500 animals, among them five African lions and a sole female wildebeest.