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Hippo injured in transport

Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby Hokwongwei » 29 Dec 2014, 11:48

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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby tommy525 » 29 Dec 2014, 12:05

Icon wrote:Hippo died. RIP. http://www.ettoday.net/news/20141229/444752.htm

This after many reports of how it was making a "speedy recovery". "It died suddenly, just stopped breathing". Ugh.


Very sad, but i guess not unexpected. They are not designed to fall out of a moving truck, possibly breaking a leg. Internal injuries can well be expected. And then to fall six feet again inside his crate once again due to mishandling. It is just totally inexcusable what happened. Those involved in his care should be jailed for a year for animal abuse.
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby tommy525 » 29 Dec 2014, 12:13

urodacus wrote:Sad. Animal welfare let in the hands of a few cha bu dou-sists in the deep south is bound to end up like this. Most private zoos in Taiwan (hell, pretty much anywhere) should be closed, and animals rehoused by professionals in better conditions. For example, did you see the state of the recovery pond they dumped him into?

don't get me started on the Chinese demand for animal parts in general, and specifically towns like Mong La on the Burma/China border.



Still, I suspect they were able to get a reasonable amount for the carcass from the ro yuan guy down at the night market.



YEs viewing the video. The pond they had him in is not fit for a majestic animal like this one. It wasn't even fit for one DUCK.

It is just an absolute abomination to have him treated like this. It is not a life worth living. Words fail me really.


Strangely enough he seems to be rather tame? Hippos are apparently the biggest killers in Africa of humans. Due to their aggressive nature and that they live in rivers. Places where humans also gather. They can run fairly fast apparently.

edit: apparently the animal was 32 years old. Id like to know more. HOw did he end up on Taiwan? And at what age? How has he been living the least 32 years?
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby urodacus » 29 Dec 2014, 12:26

urodacus wrote:Sad. Animal welfare let in the hands of a few cha bu dou-sists in the deep south is bound to end up like this.



I was referring to the backwoods ignoramus nature of the people, and compared them to the redneck communities of the US deep south. I guess that didn't come across well. I do actually know where Miaoli is in relation to Taipei: in the south, but not so deep as all that..

I should have been more clear. Apologies all round, especially to those in the deep south of Taiwan. Pingdong people would never do something like that.
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby Hokwongwei » 29 Dec 2014, 12:47

urodacus wrote:Pingdong people would never do something like that.


Apparently there's a big cat sanctuary of some sort in Pingdong. Never been there myself though. Hopefully they don't let their cats jump out and start attacking people's cars. Yikes.
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby Icon » 29 Dec 2014, 12:53

Hong, did you know there was a guy in Xindian that kept a tiger as a pet?
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby headhonchoII » 29 Dec 2014, 13:38

I think I visited the zoo before in Taichung county. The standards were fairly dodgy although the environment was not necessarily worse than a city zoo, for some of the animals it was probably better than a city zoo or a farm. I mean If you visited Hsinchu city zoo you can see the hippo in a smaller pond.
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby urodacus » 29 Dec 2014, 13:56

I have been to the big cat sanctuary in Pingdong and while it was generally ell run, with good environmental ethics and staff, and reasonable facilities, hey, it's still big cats locked up. Still, beats being eaten or beaten.

and Yes, Taipei zoo is not at all fun for their primates. The gibbons might have it the best there, but not the bigger apes. Have not seen Leofoo (should I?).
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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby Icon » 29 Dec 2014, 14:52

Some vet is saying now that the cause of death is "too many people concerned about the hippo, the hippo is not calm, so he comes out to see why so many people take pictures of it, upset and dies".

http://www.ettoday.net/news/20141229/44 ... fb_et_news

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Re: Hippo injured in transport

Postby tommy525 » 29 Dec 2014, 15:00

Yeah that is ridiculous. Here is a clip that shows how humans can help animals. Need something uplifting after the sad story of this hippo. Of course in Africa, they may not be so enamored of hippos. But this one was a pet.

https://www.thedodo.com/giant-manta-ray ... net_263407
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