Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another

Kangaroo in zoo dies after being pelted by bricks from tourists trying to see it hop: report

Kangaroo in zoo dies after being pelted by bricks from tourists trying to see it hop: report

A SLEEPING kangaroo has been "stoned to death" at a Zoo in China's south after visitors pelted it with rocks, bricks and chunks of concrete to try and wake it up.

A veterinary surgeon said the 12-year-old female marsupial died from a ruptured kidney after being hit.

Among recent examples, horrified visitors to an animal park in eastern China's Jiangsu province last June watched as tigers killed a donkey that was released into their enclosure by investors angry over a business dispute related to the zoo, according to media reports. She said kangaroos usually are active from 8 to 10 am and 3 to 5 pm, and tend to rest under trees the remainder of the day.

"Animals in the zoo are there to help us better understand them and ourselves. Such visitors should be blacklisted", a netizen named "Duomi" wrote on Sina Weibo.

It has meanwhile reduced the amount of kangaroos visible in the enclosure to three.

The zoo is now seeking additional funding from the provincial government so it can install additional cameras.

The loose bricks found inside the Fuzhou Zoo enclosure.

The zoo is equipped with signage warning visitors not to throw objects, and also with CCTV.

The dead roo will be preserved and put on display.

Sun Quanhui, chief scientist from the organization World Animal Protection, told China Daily: "People feeding animals with human food, or touching or scaring zoo animals, are often seen in China". The zoo believes the bleeding was caused by undetected injuries from the stones.

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