‘Teary-eyed’ hippo dies in Taiwan

2014-12-29 09:37

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Taipei - An injured hippopotamus that caught national attention in Taiwan after jumping out of a moving vehicle last week was found dead on Monday.

The 32-year-old hippo, named A-He, jumped out of a truck that was carrying it to a recreational farm in central Taiwan on Friday. It suffered injuries including broken teeth and a broken leg.

A video surfaced showing the animal lying on the street with a pained expression and tears streaming from its eyes.

The hippo was taken to a fish farm on Saturday, where it suffered another accident when the container carrying it accidentally fell from a height of 2m due to weak ropes.

According to a veterinarian, A-He could also have been under stress after hundreds of people visited the pond to take photos.

Animal rights groups and legislators on Monday expressed their concerns over the procedures for transporting huge animals in Taiwan.

The hippo was kept by Sky Zoo. The body was taken to the Taipei Zoo to determine its cause of death.

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