- Photos of hungry-looking animals at a Kaduna zoo have got Nigerians talking on the state of controlled wildlife in Nigeria
- A popular TV personality, Funmi Iyanda, said the condition of the animals shows how society tends to things under its care
- Twitters users expressed great displeasure at the photos that have gone viral on the platform
Nigerians took to social media to express grave concern when photos of hungry-looking animals flooded the internet on Tuesday, November 10.
ThisDay reports that a visitor who visited Gamji Gate Zoo in Kaduna state took pictures of a starved lion, hyena, and other animals.
Among the animals that appear to just be subsisting are crocodiles and a chimpanzee. A horrible sight shows some crocodiles in shallow waters.
Funmi Iyanda, a veteran Nigerian TV personality, wondered why an institution is keeping animals it could not adequately provide for.
She said the state of the wild animals aptly reflects the way the Nigerian society treats affairs in general.
"Such a strong society metaphor. Cage something so powerful and beautiful, reduce it to an unrecognisable version of itself until it dies is typical mindless cruelty. The mindlessness is what makes it so effective because the cruelty is unplanned, slow, and casual. It just is."
Legit.ng compiled some other reactions below:
"Mhhm the cruelty being perpetrated these days against Nigerians is definitely planned, premeditated and well thought out. They’re doing an excellent job."
"They are not cows... If they were cows they would be very fat... Priority."
"Human being never see food eat for his country bellyful, na animal for Zoo one come see am eat."
"Kai. This made me remind my sojourn to OAU zoo then, my colleagues and I met almost dead Lions of these shape. We asked for the cause and we were told lack of fund to buy pig which is their prey."
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