Giraffe dies with plastic in stomach

2012-03-03 08:54

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 a post-mortem on Friday found a lump of plastic weighing 20kg with a diameter of 60cm in Kliwon's stomach.

Warsito said on Saturday 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.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-03 09:12

    How sad for this gentle giant to die this way and shockingly in a zoo!

  • Rory Marx - 2012-03-03 09:21

    shame !where were the zoo keepers to prevent the public throwing food with wrappers on!quick to blame the public!think they were responsible,they shouldve prevented that from happening and also to clean the premises from litter!shame feel sorry for the animal!must of lived in pain!

      Shirley - 2012-03-03 09:55

      Zoos should be reqired to keep certain standards and be regularly inspected. I wonder how many of the other animals have the same problem-seeing as they are only now checking!

      Shirley - 2012-03-03 09:56

      Sorry that should be required.

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-03 09:54

    So what 'm getting from this is that the plastic in the stomach is not the main cause of death it was just there accumulating for years?

      Shirley - 2012-03-03 11:25

      Yip seems that way!

  • Kenneth Uiseb - 2012-03-03 10:04

    It's a pity!

  • David Dz Matende - 2012-03-03 11:25

    Maybe we have to bring back all the african animals to their natural time we will hear stories like a hippo fell from a 6 story building and wonder WTF

      arne.verhoef - 2012-03-03 16:52


  • Nick - 2012-03-03 14:11

    The easy answer to this is to ban all plastic packaging worldwide. We have a big enough problem in SA. It is totally pollutant, buy fresh food.!!!

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