Monday, November 25, 2002

INDIAN CIRCUS KEEPING CHIMPANZEE CHAINED BY THE NECK

Hippo, chimp to be moved to Chhat Bir
Jangveer Singh Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 23
The issue of animals being kept in small cages and the custody of a near-blind hippopotamus with the Jumbo Circus, currently camping in the city, has taken a new turn. The district administration has written to the District Forest Officer (DFO) and the Director, Chhatbir Zoological Park, to immediately transfer the hippopotamus and the sole chimpanzee with the circus to the zoological park....

He said he had also received reports that the hippopotamus was virtually blind and needed urgent medical attention and the chimpanzee was being kept in a small cage with an iron ring around his neck....