A ZOO of horrors in West Africa has been exposed for allowing its lions and hippos to starve to death as they live in their own filth.
An investigation by a wildlife charity discovered that 98 per cent of animals at the privately run zoo in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, had died from neglect and starvation.
Disturbing footage of skeletal lions staggering lifelessly on the grounds of the wildlife park was released by the team.
The animals appeared to be clinging to life, with bones sharply gutting from under their skin.
The smell of decay was in the air of the failed facility according to investigators.
In the video, the starving creatures were given food by the investigation team – their first meal in weeks.
One lioness, who had gone completely blind, was left to fend for herself – horrifying the wildlife NGO staff.
Two hippos, four lions, dozens of monkeys, two porcupines, a striped hyena, red-necked ostriches, turtles and elks were all found to be living in their own waste and their health in a “dire” state.
“When inspecting the porcupines’ cage, we were met with both of them in the last stages of death, the smell of decay was already present as they had been locked and left to rot to death for weeks,” wrote the team.
In total, the zoo owns 47 animals, but over the last six years, 98 per cent of the animals in their care had died from malnutrition.
The international non-governmental organisation based in Germany has started an urgent fundraiser to raise £500 to keep the animals alive for another week.
The funds raised will go toward the animals’ food, care and the wages of eight keepers.
They also hope to get The Association of Protection for Fauna and Flora in Burkina Faso to implement an emergency takeover and turn the zoo into an ethical wildlife sanctuary.
Last week in China a zookeeper was mauled to death by a group of black bears in front of tourists.
The accident happened at the Shanghai Wildlife Park on Saturday afternoon.
A video, which cannot be independently verified, shows a group of tourists shouting as they watch the bears from inside a bus.
The clip, which has been viewed more than 658,000 times on Chinese social media site Weibo, shows around eight bears gathering in a pond at a distance, where it appears that they are engaged in some form of activity.
In the video, a man can be heard saying: “There’s someone [there]”, while someone else asks: “What’s going on?”
An excavator working nearby drove towards the animals in an attempt to move the bears and save the victim but it was too late, the Global Times reports.
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