"Disastrous" Conditions at Taiwan Zoo

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May 18, 2007—A saltwater crocodile holds the forearm of a veterinarian following a grisly attack at Taiwan's Shoushan Zoo in April.

The attack has shed light on what animal welfare groups say are disastrous conditions at the zoo. (Read full story.)

Eyewitness accounts, photos, and videos paint a picture of a zoo with poorly designed facilities run by uninformed staff with lax regulations.

In many cases animals living in grassless, undersized concrete cages appear to be lethargic and stressed.

Among the three government-run zoos [in] Taiwan, Shoushan is the worst one, said Wu Hung, director of the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST).

Officials say the zoo has made improvements and is taking steps to better conditions.

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