By Kay Steiger
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 13:44 EDT
Animals are "plagued by a lack of funding for and understanding of"
proper care at The Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia, according to the AP. Doctors
found more than 20 pounds of plastic in a giraffe's stomach after he died,
indicating the zoo is under extreme mismanagement.
The zoo's rare
white tiger is 'emaciated' and has trouble walking because she's kept in a
cage that's too small for her. Additionally, the zoo's pelicans are packed
so tightly, the report said, that they are barely able to unfurl their
The zoo has even cited incidents of staff stealing animals to
sell on the black market. Three rare komodo dragons disappeared last year.
Sun bears beg the visitors for food, but animals sometimes just eat
whatever might be lying around, the AP said, which may be how animals are
getting plastic in their stomach. Activists are pushing for a ban on plastic
at the zoo.
Authorities are considering privatizing the zoo or simply
selling or trading many of the animals away.
WATCH: Video from AP,
from March 13, 2012.