Melani is rescued from Surabaya!

Jul 18, 2013

Category:TigerTime General 

In April we told you about Melani, a Sumatran tiger that was living in dire conditions in Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia. The response to her story was overwhelming with many petitions set up and news outlets sharing her images around the world.

We are happy to let you know that she has now been rehomed to Taman Safari in Jakarta!

Since her move, Melani’s back story has emerged. At Surabaya she was fed a diet of meat laced with Formaldehyde which destroyed her internal organs. Formaldehyde is so toxic that ingesting 30mls at a concentration of 37% of the toxin would kill an adult human.

Melani was finally moved to Taman Safari on the 25th June where she has undergone a thorough veterinary assessment. When she arrived she was 48kg, almost half the weight she should have been. On the 11th July, Melani weighed 55kg, a small but positive step in the right direction.

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Source: Cee4life
Photo credit: Cee4life


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