Lonely animals born into captivity in a Ukrainian zoo miss guests — to not point out mangoes, pineapples and good cuts of meat.
The zoo in Demydiv, 25 miles from Kiev, is nearly out of cash and may barely cowl the payments it takes to look after the animals and the ability, Reuters reported.
It’s been closed to the general public since March, when Ukraine imposed a nationwide lockdown to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.
Zookeeper Mykhailo Pinchuk stated the orangutans cry of their cages.
“Even hoofed animals … rush to me when I’m strolling previous their enclosures. They stretch their necks by way of the holes within the fence to see who’s coming, and to ask you to return nearer and provides them some meals,” he stated.
“They don’t perceive what’s going on, because the state of affairs has modified. They have been fantastic with the earlier state of affairs, they loved folks’s firm.”
Due to dwindling funds, dozens of massive cats are being fed with hen, as a substitute of costlier pork or beef, and apples have changed mangoes and pineapples for the monkeys.
Monkeys, lions and tigers have been stunned by the adjustments, and one of many leopards has visibly misplaced weight, zookeepers say.
“We are ashamed, and so they are unhappy,” Pinchuk, head of Ukraine’s largest personal zoo, informed AFP.
Pinchuk urged folks to donate to assist the zoo, which is dwelling to 400 animals together with a seal, a hippopotamus and giraffes. The zoo has reduce 50 of 70 workers members and people remaining are on a minimal wage, he stated.