Heartbreaking photos show elephant 'crying' as she lies dying in zoo

By Petrus Malherbe
17 May 2016

Beautiful Sumatran elephant Yani spent the better part of her life in a cage in the Bandoeng Zoo is West Java, Indonesia.

The moment when Yani, a 34-year-old Sumatran elephant, lay on her deathbed in a filthy Indonesian zoo – the tears ran from her eyes.

Elephants do produce tears, and some researchers believe that – like humans – the animals 'cry' when they are emotional or heartsore.

Yani died in her sleep in the early hours of 11 May.

Yani spent the better part of her life in a cage in the Bandoeng Zoo is West Java, Indonesia.

A week before she died zoo employees noticed that she was sick but the zoo hasn’t had a resident veterinarian for more than a year.

The cause of her death has not yet been determined.

Animal rights organisations have criticised the zoo for not doing enough to save Yani. “Having a vet is mandatory. They haven’t had one for a year,” says Sylvana Ratna, head of the West Java Nature Conservation agency. In reaction to Yani’s death the mayor of Bandoeng, Ridwan Kamil, said that if zoos are struggling financially then they need to ask for help. Ridiwan visited Yani shortly before her death and shared pictures of him caring for her, to Instagram.

A photo posted by @ridwankamil on

Worldwide there are only between 2 400 to 2 800 Sumatran elephants left. They usually live to be about 75 years old and in apprehension of their endangerment people are doing a lot to try and keep these creatures alive for as long as possible.

A photo posted by @ridwankamil on

Sources: Instagram; Metro; The Sun

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