A once regal lion, now ailing and skinny just lies in his cage. No one hears his once mighty roar. Comilla Zoo’s lone lion, Juboraj is 18-years-old, and his “almost living death” photo has gone viral on social media. Comilla Zoo and Botanical Garden is located in Comilla, Bangladesh. It is comprised of an area of 10.15 acres of land located at Kaliajhuri area of the Comilla District. Besides the lonely lion, there are eight monkeys, three moor fowls and three deer. There’s just not much to see, the zoo looks run down and bare, but the world has spoken out about Juboraj.
According to the Dhaka Tribune, the zoo’s management has kept the lion out for display – bringing tears and downright indignation as visitors gasp when they see his physical appearance. Juboraj barely responds. When the chief executive of the zoo, Sonjoy Kumar Bhowmik, was questioned about the lion’s condition, he stated:
“Juboraj is in critical condition. We have called up veterinarians for his treatment in the past. The veterinarians informed that a lion has an average life span of 14 years and Juboraj is already 18. We brought him from the Chittagong Zoo eighteen years back.”
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 can do is keep Juboraj under medical care.
In order to quell the outrage of the lion’s condition, the lion will be moved out of the public’s view. Dhaka Zoo’s Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Nazmul Hasan made the announcement last week as worldwide outrage increased in volume:
“The lion has long been suffering from several age-related complexities. We will provide him with food and medication as long as he survives but he will not be displayed anymore.”
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