Zoo Animals Suffer Amid the Conflict in Libya

October 24, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. abandon (v.) [uh-ban-duhn] – to leave someone or something behind
Example: The animals started dying when they were abandoned by their owners.

2. undernourished (adj.) [uhn-der-nur-isht, -nuhr-] – lacking enough nutrients for good health
Example: Feeding program helps undernourished children in poor communities.

3. enclosure (n.) [en-kloh-zher] –an area of land surrounded by a fence, wall, or other boundary
Example: The large enclosure prevents big animals from escaping.

4. amid (prep.) [uh-mid] – while something is happening; used to indicate the circumstances or events accompanying something
Example: Peter managed to attend school this morning amid the strong typhoon.

5. languish (v.) [lang-gwish] – to suffer  as a result of being deprived of something
Example: The poet languished for years because of his frustrations in love.

Read the text below.

The recent war in Libya left animals in Tripoli Zoo abandoned without food and water.

Nic Robertson, a CNN Senior International Correspondent, found many neglected and undernourished animals at Tripoli Zoo struggling inside their cages.

Tigers, lions, giant tortoises, hippos, hyenas, bears, monkeys, deer, emus and other animal species had been in enclosures with nothing to eat or drink. From Robertson’s observation, the tiger’s skinny back thighs and the loose skin hanging on its bones showed how thin the animals had become.

During the visit of CNN in August, the zookeeper arrived in the abandoned zoo and explained that the animals had been in this condition for seven days amid the conflict in Tripoli.

Nobody could tell the CNN Team how often the animals were fed and how much food was given to them. There was not even any veterinarian to look after their needs.

Meat eaters, like tigers and lions, got only half of the amount of food they needed while all the animals languished from a very limited supply of water. In Libya’s hot temperature, animals would continue to suffer if deprived of water.

Fortunately, by the end of August, ten zoo employees out of the 200 returned to feed all the animals.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

·         Should the government limit the number of animals that a zoo should keep? Why or why not?
·         Do you think that animals in zoos get the right kind of care that they should have?

Discussion B

·         Do you think animals kept in zoos should be rescued in time of war?
·         Do you agree that animals should have rights?

October 24, 2011