VIDEO | Black Bear At Bahria Orchard Zoo Caged In Poor Condition, Shows Symptoms of ‘Zoochosis’
Zoochosis is a psychological phenomenon that usually occurs in animals held as captives at Zoos or any other such place.
Recently, the video of a black bear at Bahria Orchard Zoo, Lahore that is showing symptoms of Zoochosis has gone viral.
A bear at Lahore zoo is showing severe symptoms of Zoochosis. The poor animal is not getting proper nutrition and is dehydrated. In temperatures above 45 degrees, the animal is left without a source of water. The living space of the bear is really small from his standards, and he has no company. All of this is causing his mental imbalance.
Video emerges of a black bear displaying symptoms of Zoochosis in Bahria Orchard Zoo Lahore.There was no water source in the enclosure and this poor animal was all alone.Seering heat,No water,Loneliness and boredom are driving him insane.@BahriaTownOffic @PunjabWildlife help🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/5FEq6tRzDn
— save the wild (@wildpakistan) June 28, 2020
Black bears naturally live in a forest habitat and feed up grass, berries, insects, all of which are available in a forest in large quantities. From the video, it is evident that the captive surroundings are no way near the actual habitat of the animal.
What is Zoochosis?
Zoochosis is a psychological phenomenon that usually occurs in animals held as captives at Zoos or any other such place. It is a stereotypical behavior shown by them in which an animal displays constant obsessive behavioral patterns. The deterioration in the mental health of such creatures is observed when the captive environment is not satisfactory or up to standards.
Here’s what the people had to say
Same condition here in Peshawar zoo with bear . It’s completely cruelty with them
— Ahsan Siraj (@Ahsanworld) June 28, 2020
.@ImranKhanPTI Does this really need to be how we treat beautiful animals in the 21st century? We can do better but you can make it happen.
— Rana Mainee (@ranaji) June 28, 2020
— Anika (@anikasleem) June 28, 2020
Ya Allah! Someone help this animal. I still can’t understand what pleasure humans derive from watching caged animals! 😡
— Asma Ali Zain (@asmaalizain) June 28, 2020
If u can’t treat them well & not able to provide them the facilities as close to their natural habitat then pls don’t cage them just for the sake of ur enjoyment.Have mercy on these poor souls & release or transfer them to those who can look after them,this is sheer barbaric act
— Amber Aziz 🇵🇰🇦🇺 (@A_Aziz1978) June 29, 2020
If they cannot feed them why do they keep them in cages, Allah k azaab se darr nahi lagta???
— SShabbir (@SShabbir110) June 28, 2020
Other animals at this zoo, such as the lions, have a similar ordeal. The caretakers have completely neglected their needs and are keeping them for the sole purpose of entertainment, without paying any attention to their wellbeing.
The sight of this bear all alone in the zoo and struggling is truly heartbreaking. The authorities need to take strict action against these careless zookeepers. This is just one bear, who knows how many more animals are being held in the zoo without a satisfactory living environment.
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