“I find it hard to believe a stone could cause a spinal fracture, on a reptile with such thick skin…nor kill it…a brick or something heavier could cause fracture…but still, I doubt that would kill it? If you look at the picture there is a large rock behind the gator on the left side, middle of picture. There also looks to be something like a piece of pipe or similar object, near the front right side. Or perhaps it was caused during a fight or when the alligator was moved; either way it’s laying in some disgusting crap! It’s just one more of a million reasons why wild animals should not be caged, they have no escape from a more dominant species, they can’t hide anywhere!.”
A yellow alligator at Park Zoobotânico Arruda Camara, known as Bica, in João Pessoa, died on Monday (15) after being hit by a stone thrown by a visitor. According to park director, Jair Azevedo, the report of the autopsy, which does not define exactly when the incident occurred, shows that the animal had a spinal fracture.
“How thick skin of an animal, technicians only realized what had happened when he started to show the first symptoms. The alligator was paralyzed, unable to walk, “reported the director of Bica.
Jair Azevedo said that an inquiry has been opened by the direction of the park to determine under what circumstances the alligator was hit by stone. Will also be determined if there was a failure in monitoring.
The director believes that the incident happened because the animal was removed from the enclosure where it was and put in a smaller, leaving the alligator closest to the visitors. “We had to take this approach because he was very domineering, and lived fighting with other animals. If we had not done that, he would have killed the others, “he explained.
At Park House Arruda, according to the direction, there are 30 alligators of the same species. “It’s a fairly common species here but facts like these are always regrettable. We would like to alert the public to respect animals. The public should have an observer of behavior, and not put food, throw stones, “punctuated the park director.
Jair Azevedo also said that investigations must be completed within 15 days. “If it is pointed out something more serious in the death of the animal, we ask the support of the city administration,” he concluded.
Editor’s Note: We are faced with two violence. The first is to forcibly remove the animals from nature, to confine them in prisons known as zoos. The second violence is most glaring in the eyes, but as brutal as the first: the cruelty of throwing a stone against a sentient being is one of the most terrible consequences experienced by animals exploited and tortured by the cruel nature of which many human beings are endowed. The ANDA regrets for all animals who suffer and agonize in human hands, always arguing that all forms of exploitation, violence and disrespect for life is severely opposed.