The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has expressed concern after a female bear at the East London Zoo was euthanased earlier this week.
The bear had become paralysed in the hind legs. It is unclear for how long she had been suffering.
“We have issued a number of warnings to the East London Zoo with regards to the general condition of the bears in the past and we remain gravely concerned for all the animals kept at this zoo. We are particularly concerned for the remaining bear‚ who has now lost her companion,” said national inspector Martie Rossouw‚ manager of the Wildlife Protection Unit.
The NSPCA said it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the deterioration and euthanasia of the bear and take the necessary action‚ adding that it was of the opinion wild animals belonged in the wild.