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Two lions 'poisoned' in Berlin zoo

The Local · 4 Aug 2012, 11:26

Published: 04 Aug 2012 11:26 GMT+02:00

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Aketi and Aru were spotted foaming at the mouth around five days ago, confirmed zoo curator Heiner Klös. Since then they have been suffering from colic and are finding it difficult to breath. They have also stopped eating.

“We think that someone threw something in [to the enclosure],” Klös told local newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

To check what exactly is wrong with the pair would require a blood sample. This would only be possible under general anaesthetic – which the pair are too ill to undergo. They are being looked after carefully though, said Klös.

The zoo has declined a full police investigation, the paper reported.

The zoo has ruled out that the food given to the lions by the keepers could have been poisoned – the meat is shared between all 16 big cats and only the brother and sister pair are ill.

This is the first time that a potential poisoning has happened in the past 25 years, Der Tagesspiegel said.

Berlin zoo has come under fire from critics since Aketi and Aru arrived from Wuppertal in 2009. The pair have had two cubs and animal rights activists have protested against the zoo allowing incest.

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14:51 August 4, 2012 by cheeba
II wonder how it should be up to zoo authorities to "decline" a police investigation? If a potential crime is committed, the police should investigate whether the zookeepers like it or not.

if the zookeepers care so little, there are others who take it more seriously.
17:13 August 4, 2012 by Harry Grouse
17:37 August 4, 2012 by yahma
This is just sad if a member of the public thought it'd be 'cool' to poison the lions. Who knows, there are a lot of strange things here that people think are cool, such as vandalizing other's property
01:13 August 5, 2012 by dott
Poor cats, obviously some insane visitor brought poisoned food ;(
12:50 August 5, 2012 by wenddiver
This is no job for Bat Man, better call Cat Woman.
19:15 August 5, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Some poor old sod who has been pussy whipped too often and taking it out on the big cats in penitentiary.
20:52 August 5, 2012 by Zlik
Too, it could indicate a more for mine attitude, with 2 less mouths too feed or air breathed by them.. etc.... The true nature of things sometimes.
16:41 August 6, 2012 by edeer
Perhaps the same people who are still poisoning dogs across the city which no one is doing anything about.
08:10 August 7, 2012 by DollyF29
But what do they get by doing such things.? The poor animals suffer because of them.

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