Juboraj, Comilla Zoo’s lone lion died on Saturday. His photo, showing the 18-year-old lion as “almost living death,” went viral on social media earlier in November. Many animal advocates accused the zoo keepers of starving him and having been irresponsible.
The zoo, located in Comilla, Bangladesh is comprised of an area of 10.15 acres of land. Sadly, the zoo appears run down and bare. Besides the lion, there are only eight monkeys, three moor fowls and three deer living in the sparse looking facility. At one time, the zoo had been filled with animals, visitors and children laughing in awe as they experienced the wild animals. The declining economy has taken its toll.
According to Star Online, Juboraj had not been eating properly for the last few days and soon after stopped taking food in altogether.
The lion had been brought to the zoo when he was only four-years-old and had lived a solitary life in his enclosure. In recent months his health had deteriorated and veterinarians concluded he could not recover because of age-related illnesses. Bangladesh has no policy about humanely euthanizing aging zoo animals to relieve them of their suffering, and as stated by the zoo’s curator, all they could do was to keep Juboraj under medical care.
Except in clearly regulated environments dedicated to the safety and both physical, mental and emotional health of endangered animals, zoos just don’t make the grade. Rest in peace Juboraj.
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