A kangaroo was killed in a zoo in southeastern China after being stoned by visitors who wanted to make it jump, Chinese national media reported.
The 12-year-old female kangaroo gave its last breath at the Fuzhou City Zoo a few days after being attacked by visitors with bricks and concrete pieces, according to CCTV public television. The attackers allegedly wanted to make the unfortunate animal jump.
According to CCTV images published on the web, one of the kangaroo’s legs was crushed and almost separated from the body. But the death was caused by a shock to the kidneys, according to a veterinarian who performed an autopsy. According to another report, a five-year-old male was slightly injured in the same circumstances a few weeks later.
The television channel did not say whether any suspects had been prosecuted. However, the zoo management plans to have the victim stuffed and displayed in public and also to install surveillance cameras.
Chinese zoos are sometimes criticized for the poor conditions in which animals are kept and also for the behavior of some visitors, in a country where the concept of animal welfare is not always ingrained. Last year, a group of people threw a donkey to tigers in the east of the country as part of a trade dispute.
In 2013, a group hibernating crocodiles were also stoned by visitors at a zoo in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, because the visitors wanted to check if the animals were alive or not.