An Indonesian Zoo has caused outrage on social media after a video was published online of a skinny-looking tiger.
The vide was taken by one of the visitors at the Maharani Zoo and Cave in the Lamongan regency, in the south-central Indonesian province of East Java.
The video, which was shared on Instagram, shows a tiger walking around in its small enclosure.
The tiger seems to be quite thin and the skin from its stomach is hanging and its back ones are visible.
The 13-second clip was shared with the post: “The tiger in this zoo is really skinny. Hopefully, the zoo provides the food it should get, not just a spectacle.”
A spokesperson for the zoo, Juli Tri Wahyuningtyas reportedly spoke about the video, as reported by national news outlet coconuts.co.
Wahyuningtyas confirmed that the video was filmed at their zoo, but assured the public that the male Sumatran tiger is being properly cared for, saying: “It is fed once a day in the evening as much as 6-8 kilograms of meat and the tiger is old.”
The spokesperson said that the zoo is taking images of the tiger to share online and prove that the tiger is in good health for his age.
The zoo official went on to say that the tiger is now 10 years of age and they usually live up to 15 years in captivity.
The Sumatran tiger is a population of Panthera tigris sondaica currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Experts estimated in 2017 that only 441 to 679 individuals still existed in the wild and continue to decline due to loss of habitat and illegal trade.
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