Keep the animals alive this time

AS we all know, due to the escalation of the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia, a second movement control order has been imposed in five states and the three federal territories.

Only essential services are allowed to operate, including hospitals, veterinary clinics and hospitals – and, presumably, zoos.

Of course, zoos are closed to the public, but zoo managements must ensure that all the animals in their care are properly fed and their illnesses treated.

There must not be a repeat of what happened during the first MCO in March last year when several big animals in a private zoo in Melaka were reported to have died due to starvation.

And Zoo Negara must not allow a repeat of what happened to Melur the female tiger cub that drowned during the first MCO in 2020.

I really hope that all zoos have arranged with the police to allow their staff unhindered access to their workplaces.


Petaling Jaya

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