Weather Alert

A Zoo May Feed Some Animals To Others Due To Coronavirus Closure

Strapped for cash as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, officials at a German zoo say they may resort to feeding some animals to others in an effort to keep them from starving.

“We’ve listed the animals we’ll have to slaughter first,” says Neumünster Zoo owner Verena Kaspari. “If it comes to it, I’ll have to euthanize animals, rather than let them starve. At the worst, we would have to feed some of the animals to others.”

A spokesperson confirmed Kaspari’s comments to the New York Times and also told the newspaper that the zoo’s 12-foot-tall polar bar, Vitus, would sit at the top of the proverbial food chain and be spared.

Kaspari told German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle that endangered animals would not be killed, but that any goats and deer would be first on the slaughter list.

Since lockdown orders were issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Kaspari says the zoo has loss about 175,000 euros — or approximately $190,355 in U.S. money.

Connect With Us Listen To Us On