Lockdown drags on for buffaloes left to starve at Bloem zoo

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Lockdown drags on for buffaloes left to starve at Bloem zoo

The zoo’s last remaining animals are surviving on fodder from the local SPCA, since staff have vanished

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Twelve buffalo languishing at Bloemfontein’s deserted zoo are surviving on food and care brought by SPCA volunteers while the zoo’s staff are nowhere to be seen.

The buffalo are the last animals remaining at the zoo, which closed in March in the wake of an animal welfare scandal which saw animals locked away in filthy enclosures and often left without adequate food.

While the remaining animals were evacuated in the days before the nationwide lockdown, the buffalos are still on site, said Thea Smit, chairperson of the SPCA’s board of directors...

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