An Australian kangaroo has been killed after a vicious attack by tourists at a zoo in southeast China.
Tourists threw rocks into the kangaroos’ enclosure in an attempt to make the animals hop, according to reports.
One female kangaroo died of excessive bleeding in the kidneys and one male kangaroo suffered minor injuries.
A kangaroo has been killed after a vicious attack by tourists at a Chinese zoo in southeast China. It collapsed and received treatment via a drip (pictured) for three days before dying
A 12-year-old female kangaroo (pictured) was found with an injured foot at the same zoo
The kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks (like those pictured) on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province
A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported.
The kangaroo died days later and an examination by a veterinarian revealed that the cause of death was likely a ruptured kidney and excessive blood loss caused by being struck by the bricks.
A few weeks later, a five-year-old male kangaroo at the same zoo was slightly injured in a similar way, said the report posted on the network’s website late on Thursday.
A few weeks later, a five-year-old male kangaroo (pictured) at the same zoo was slightly injured in a similar way, said the report posted on the network’s website late on Thursday.
The report included pictures of the first kangaroo’s smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.
Visitors to the zoo were known to try and provoke the Australia marsupials to get them to display their signature hopping mode of locomotion using their powerful hind legs.
Zookeepers reviewed CCTV footage and found a number of tourists throwing stones into the kangaroo enclosure at Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian Province.
Kangaroos at the zoo rest after meal times, but visitors said they threw rocks in order to make them hop
Ms Chen, who works in the animal rescue team at the zoo, told the Strait Metropolitan Post, that a few days after the female kangaroo died, workers found tourists throwing bricks into the kangaroo enclosure again.
There are only three kangaroos left in the enclosure.
She told the Strait Metropolitan Post that the enclosure was separated from the tourists by fences.
Carers cleared the pavement and removed the stones near the enclosure after the incident
‘We have put up signs to remind the tourists to treat the animals in a civilised way. We have also cleared the stones near the enclosure,’ the zookeeper said.
However, she said the tourists picked the stones from somewhere else and threw it at the kangaroos.
The female kangaroo will be sent to an institute to turn into a biological specimen.
A few days after the female kangaroo died, tourists were reportedly throwing bricks into the kangaroo enclosure again.