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Just skin and bones, Melani the Sumatran Tigress teeters towards death and then somehow stumbles back to life. She's become a tragic and disturbing example of what can happen to a majestic animal in the supposed care of humans.

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Michelle S (462)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:21 pm

Just skin and bones, Melani the Sumatran Tigress teeters towards death and then somehow stumbles back to life. She’s become a tragic and disturbing example of what can happen to a majestic animal in the supposed care of humans.

Melani should have been safe. Unlike tigers in a jungle habitat trying to survive the threats of poachers, development and environmental destruction, she was in a zoo. But the Surabaya Zoo has proved to be no sanctuary.

A few years ago Melani and three other Sumatran Tigers were fed meat tainted with formaldehyde. Only Melani survived – and then only just. Her organs were so damaged she was unable to absorb requisite nutrients from her food and couldn’t maintain necessary condition. Until recently this skeletal creature was doomed to crawl around a small dark enclosure critics say resembled a dungeon.

Now, finally, she’s getting expert care elsewhere, it’s still no sure bet she’ll survive. If she doesn’t then you can scratch another Sumatran Tiger off the estimated population of between just 300 and 400.

“She’s a creature that’s been neglected and abused inside a zoo that is deemed to care for her. To see an animal struggle through this sort of thing you know she wants to live. It’s her will that’s keeping her alive.” SYBELLE FOXCROFT Conservationist, Cee4Life

The Surabaya Zoo still drags in plenty of visitors, but it doesn’t appear that much of the money generated by ticket sales and other zoo enterprises goes to caring for animals. Local families who come here for an affordable day out appear oblivious to the startling poor condition of many of the animals and their enclosures.

Those who do know about animal welfare say Surabaya Zoo is a disgrace and grow frustrated and increasingly angry that the City Government responsible for it is not working to solve the problem.

Indonesia Correspondent George Roberts investigates how a facility once thought to be among South East Asia’s finest zoos has become a squalid hell-hole for its inhabitants. Beyond Surabaya he explores why Indonesia appears to put such a low priority on its majestic and important creatures that are being pressed ever closer toward extinction.

Peta Clarke (30)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 7:47 pm
I watched this on TV last night. The Surabaya Zoo is horrific beyond belief, Melani is getting help but the other tigers and animals are living in hell. Help has been offered to the Zoo but the Mayor of the town will not accept any of it. We must just keep trying to close this Zoo and have animals removed from it. Thanks Cal also noted.

paula eaton (30)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 12:55 am
Close this abusive hell hole down.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:05 am
How many animals so badly treated

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:19 am
Don't even want look at the picture - if this wicked demented sub human mayor does not accept help, then the best thing would be is for animal activists to take control of this zoo and rescue these animals. This can't go on any longer - these poor animals, who are not supposed to be there in the first place, are suffering under the most horrific circumstances. And these monsters running this zoo should be locked in those filthy cages, forgotten about and left to die!

Irene Leggett (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:11 am
Where are the major rescue organisations??? Why haven't they been involved in getting this hell-hole closed down and ALL the animals rescued? Where is the police and the enforcement agencies? This cannot be allowed to continue, how can these animals be allowed to just lay there and starve to death? The 'zoo owners' are nothing but monsters and as such so be arrested and charged with animal abuse, animal cruelty and abuse.

Monika S (19)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:43 am
Shut down this hell on earth for animals!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:48 am

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:02 am
Comment tous ces mauvais traitements ont-ils pu arriver ? Pourquoi avoir laissé faire une telle chose ? C'est incroyable !!!

ERIKA S (87)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:14 am
close this big hell.....tragedy

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:28 am
Noted. Why does India continue to allow this torture chamber to operate, close it down. India adn China are really bad news for animals! Not that America is in sainthood where animals are, but we are not this bad .

. (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:23 am
𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖗 𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖒𝖆𝖑.... 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖊 𝖔𝖓 𝖇𝖑𝖔𝖔𝖉𝖞 𝖎𝖓𝖉𝖎𝖆.. 𝖈𝖑𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖉𝖆𝖒𝖓 𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖙 𝖍𝖔𝖑𝖊 𝖉𝖔𝖜𝖓....𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖈𝖆𝖑!

Marija M (29)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:38 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:01 am
I pray that they close this place down The poor animals it must be hell on earth for them

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:26 am
If the Mayor of the town will not accept any help then they must go to a higher authority and get those animals out of that HELL HOLE!!

sylvie C (46)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:28 am
Thanks for sharing

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:44 am
Shocking!!!!! And so unfair! Shame on the human race! Thanks Cal for sharing, even though it is extremely saddening!

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 10:49 am
This is heartbreaking :'(

Linda P (0)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:06 pm
This zoo aka torture chamber for these magnificent creatures needs to close and the animals sent to sanctuaries where they will be cared for and get medical attention and live out the rest of their lives in peace. This breaks my heart what is happening to these innocent victims, it is disgraceful.

Christine S (134)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 2:44 pm
How evil can someone be to impose such suffering on animals, especially when help has been offered?

Ruth McD (843)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:53 pm
This is so horrible. Place needs to be closed down now!

Barb Knight (1688)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 4:32 pm
God bless and help all the poor babies locked into this HELL HOLE and yes, it needs to be closed down!! WILD animals belong in the WILD, not in a damned ZOO!! Melani, I pray you'll make a full recovery! God bless your little roaring heart!!

Ben B (20)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7:49 pm
This story, and particularly Melani's photo, is deeply distressing. I agree with all the above comments that this place should be closed as a matter of priority and the animals transferred to sanctuaries, or better still rehabilitated and returned to the wild.

Unfortunately, in the current circumstances, Australia will be in no position to influence Indonesian authorities in this matter, but I certainly hope that Animal Welfare Organisations take up the challenge to bring change to this situation.

Noted with sadness, thanks for posting Cal.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:41 pm
Shut down this hellhole and take care of these poor animals who are at the mercy of humans. We have a lot to answer for.

Jan Garen (86)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:46 am
It seems no authority anywhere will do anything which makes me wonder what the hell they exist for? CITES WAZA - all of them abdicate from this WORLD scandal among a million other world wide atrocities.
Completely agree with you Leslene.

Danuta W (1249)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:11 am

S J (130)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 5:33 pm
That's why I don't like zoo. Thanks Cal
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