- Cutbacks at the zoo are being blamed for bird’s death
- Activists are calling for an independent probe
A well-loved Russian ostrich has died from hypothermia after his feet froze to the floor of a cage during a power cut on a cold night.
He was found dead by zoo keepers early on Monday morning.
A post-mortem revealed that the bird died of hypothermia.
Animal rights campaigners in the Russian Far East are blaming Adam’s death on cutbacks at the zoo, claiming workers failed to sufficiently insulate the cage and prepare it for the winter season.
Activist Melissa Malyarzhik said Adam could have died because his cage was not covered with a thick layer of hay and manure.
During previous winters, this would have acted as thermal insulation – but Miss Malyarzhik said the zoo’s management had decided against it this year.
Activists are now calling for an independent probe into Adam’s death.
Bosses at the zoo said temperatures had plummeted this winter but maintained their animals were well looked after.
Zoo director Tatiana Karpukhina said: ‘We do look after all our animals well. This ostrich arrived to our zoo seven years ago and has wintered well since.
‘The frosts this winter were truly severe. Of course we took some advance measures and bought extra heating devices – but sadly that night there was a power cut and it switched off.
‘We admit that the animal died from hypothermia, the autopsy showed it clearly. We have already began an internal investigation.’
The zoo was founded in 1993 and is home to a collection of mammals, birds and reptiles.