Starving Venezuelians eating endangered animals

ood shortages in Venezuela have left some 50 animals dead in the last six months at one of Venezuela's main zoos.

According to Reuters, animals that have starved to death as a result of the food shortages include Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds – some of which had not eaten for two weeks, says Marlene Sifontes, 52, a union leader for employees of the state parks agency Inparques, which oversees the zoos.

The deaths at the zoo have led prosecutors to open an investigation.

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The situation has become so dire that zoo caretakers are relying on a staple diet of mango and pumpkin for lions in place of their typical carnivore diet, and elephants are reportedly eating tropical fruit in lieu of their usual hay, Sifontes said. There are even reports that other big cats are being fed slaughtered Thoroughbred horses from a nearby race track.

At another zoo in northwestern Venezuela, bears are being fed only half of their required daily calories.

The long-term effects of malnutrition can be devastating to the animals, according to Meredith Whitney, a wildlife rescue program officer of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), an animal protection organization based in Washington D.C.

“Long-term, feeding the incorrect diet for any animal can have significant long-lasting health effects,” she told National Geographic, adding that in the short-term, animals can be affected psychologically by a lack of food.

It's not only the animals that are suffering from food shortages. President Nicolas Maduro blames the nationwide food crisis on an "economic war" led by neighboring countries and the United States, although his opponents blame an unsustainable economic policy and a reliance on oil. Reports of people routinely skipping meals or spending hours in supermarket lines hoping for food has become commonplace.

"The story of the animals at Caricuao is a metaphor for Venezuelan suffering," said Sifontes. Phone Post 3.0

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Bottlecaps are now the official currency of Venezuela!

what a complete disaster this country is

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Here's a better article from Fusion.

Hungry Venezuelans break into zoo and butcher animal for meat
By Manuel Rueda
Venezuela’s worsening food shortages had tragic consequences for a rare show horse last weekend, when a group of intruders broke into the zoo, pulled the black stallion from its cage, then slaughtered it for meat.

Prosecutors say the crime occurred in the small hours of Sunday morning at Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo, when “several people” sneaked into the state-run park under the cover of darkness and busted into the stallion’s pen. The horse, the only one of its kind in the zoo, was then led to a more secluded area and butchered on the spot. Only its head and ribs were left behind in a gruesome pile for zookeepers to find after sunrise.

Sadly, this horse wasn’t the first zoo animal to suffer the effects of Venezuela’s crippling food shortages. Some Vietnamese pigs and sheep were reportedly stolen from the same zoo earlier this month. Phone Post 3.0

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The second article was the one I meant to post. Phone Post 3.0

They'll soon be eating bone marrow. Phone Post 3.0

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Bet the govt leaders aren't starving

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another leftist implosion? LMAO shocking!