Indonesian zoo names newborn Sumatran elephant 'Covid' after virus

14 мая 2020 г. 6:00

A new male Sumatran elephant calf born at Taman Safari Indonesia, a safari park located in the city of Bogor, West Java, was named 'Covid' as he came into the world during the coronavirus outbreak. The caretakers at the safari park were seen petting the newborn and feeding his 46-year-old-mother with bananas and herbs inside their stable, on Wednesday. Yohanna, Team leader veterinarian at Taman Safari Zoo, explained the baby elephant was born on April 28, weighed 82.5 kilograms at birth and he was named Covid «to remember that he was born during the coronavirus pandemic.» Another veterinary from the park acknowledged that «in a situation where the income for the zoo was low, as the partial lockdown is implemented, the elephant was born and had been taken care of with good meals.» Taman Safari Indonesia is closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. A survey from the Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBSI) showed that 92 percent of association members in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo, compiling 55 zoos in total, would be able to feed animals until mid-May this year only. Animal welfare researchers and animal rights organisations have raised concern about the physical and mental health of elephants held in captivity at zoos.

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