OTTAWA—Disturbing video footage secretly recorded at the Papanack Zoo in Wendover, Ontario was released this morning by Animal Justice. The footage shows zoo management admitting to beating a lion cub, baby animals stolen from their mothers to be tamed for use as selfie props, and animals performing repetitive, stereotypic behaviours. In one particularly disturbing scene, a skunk and raccoon have their mouths pried open with a cord by zoo management during a photo shoot for the reality TV show ‘Billy Goes North‘.
Papanack Zoo last sparked public outrage in February, 2016 when the owners gunned down a lion named Zeus who escaped from his cage.
The video footage was shot by a whistleblower who worked at Papanack Zoo, approximately an hour east of Ottawa.
The graphic footage shows:A zoo manager describing how he trained a lion cub by repeatedly hitting the baby animal in the face. Baby animals, including a baby cougar and baby fox, stolen …