Zebra Kicks Giraffe to Death at Lahore Zoo

Posted on January 9, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, >Owais Mughal, Disasters
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The phase of unrest and ‘zulm’ that Pakistani society is passing through, now seems to have made inroads in the Animal Kingdom.

Three precious animals have died in Lahore area zoos in the past 1 week and from news it looks like all deaths were preventable. A giraffe, a Bengal tiger and a neel gaaye (an antelope) are those who lost their lives.

Following two news have appeared in national press which give details of these accidents.

(1) Daily Times of January 2, 2009

A zebra attacked a female giraffe in the city zoo on Thursday afternoon and killed it in presence of zoo staff and dozens of visitors. According to sources, three giraffe, a male and two females, were imported from Australia in 2007 at a cost of Rs 7.4 million and were kept in one compound without keeping in view the risk factors.

On Thursday, a zebra attacked the giraffe and kicked it to death. The zoo staff was also present, but could not do anything to save the animal. An inquiry committee has been set up to investigate the incident. It will present its report to the Wildlife Department director general in a couple of days. aaj kal report

(2) The Daily Jang – Web Update, January 9, 2009

After eating the meat of a dead antelope (neel gaaye), the Bengal Tiger of the Woodland Zoo located on Raiwind Road Lahore also died. Earlier the neel gaaye had died after being bitten by some poisonous insect. The staff of the zoo used dead neel gaaye’s meat to feed the Bengal Tiger who also died after eating the meat. The deputy director of Woodland Park claims tiger did not die because of eating ‘neel gaaye’s meat. They will conduct post mortem to find out the exact cause of tiger’s death. The exact news as it appeared in jang is below:

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29 responses to “Zebra Kicks Giraffe to Death at Lahore Zoo”

  1. Faisal.K says:

    Perhaps the zebra was sick of the dictatorial giraffe forever poking his neck into everything.

  2. Kamal Obaid says:

    nice post. lots os lessons for us as a society here

  3. Humaira says:

    Sad. We should at east take care of the animals we put into captivity.

  4. Dawood says:

    Great post. You can enjoy this just as a curious news item, or seek deep meaning in this about our current state of affairs. Works both ways.

  5. Ali Dada says:

    there is no such poisonous insect that could kill a large animal like antelope!

    I think the author of the news made a mistake – maybe he/she meant the antelope was bitten by a snake.

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