Giraffe dies with plastic in stomach

2012-03-03 08:25

Surabaya – The only giraffe at Indonesia’s largest zoo has died with a large lump of plastic found in his stomach, causing concern among zoo officials.

Anthan Warsito, the spokesperson for the Surabaya Zoo in East Java’s capital, says the 30-year-old giraffe named Kliwon was sick for several days before dying on Thursday.

Giraffes have a life expectancy of 20-30 years, and Warsito says Kliwon’s death was not surprising.

But an autopsy yesterday found a lump of plastic weighing 20kg with a diameter of 60cm in Kliwon’s stomach.

Warsito said today that the plastic appeared to be from wrapped food thrown by zoo visitors for years, and from garbage that had blown into his stall.

He said other animals at the zoo would be given immediate checkups.

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