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Venezuela food shortages leave zoo animals hungry

General July 27, 2016

A lion sleeps inside his a cage at the Caricuao Zoo in CaracasBy Daniel Kai CARACAS (Reuters) – Some 50 animals have starved to death in the last six months at one of Venezuela's main zoos, according to a union leader, due to chronic food shortages that have plagued the crisis-stricken South American nation. The fatalities at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas include Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds – some of whom had not eaten for two weeks, according to Marlene Sifontes, 52, a union leader for employees of state parks agency Inparques which oversees zoos. Authorities have not given numbers, but state prosecutors have opened an investigation into the deaths of "various species of wildlife" at the zoo.


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