Have a Heart in Manila Zoo!

by Rachel Catral

white tiger in Avilon Zoo

white tiger in Avilon Zoo

We went to Manila Zoo last Monday, September 6, 2010. After touring the entire zoo, we sat and stayed on one of the benches fronting the tigers.

The bench was located near some vendors selling cold drinks. While enjoying the green mangoes we bought outside, one of the male vendors shouted because a baby bird pecked at him from behind.

He pulled it out from under the cart. I asked my friend to take a picture of the bird and she did. Then the man grasped the bird violently and said that he's going to take the bird to the crocodiles and feed it to them. We told him not to do that but instead tell the administrators of Manila Zoo about it. But he ran, and even though we tried to stop him, he was successful in feeding the little bird to the crocodiles.

After that, we were told that there's another bird there as well. So before the man could get it, we placed the bird inside a bag and went to the staff at the entrance of the zoo who were wearing polo shirts indicating that they are from the Manila City Hall. We told them about what happened but they said that it was no longer their concern.

So we took the bird, and went to PARC in Katipunan. When we got there, they referred us to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. So we went there... Once there, the vet told us that the bird is a Rufous night heron.

We told him and the guard on duty about what happened at Manila Zoo. They told us that we should file a complaint against it... And that's what I'm going to do.

I really pity the animals in Manila Zoo. They are so thin and in really bad condition compared to the animals at Avilon Zoo in Montalban. I hope the ones responsible in maintaining the zoo would HAVE A HEART for the animals. Humans were created to take care of all that God has created.

I also hope that people will be awakened by this message. The animals there aren't being cared for properly. As human beings, we must start to be vigilant in the fight against the maltreatment being done by man to animals.

They are voiceless creatures. But they deserve the right to live. We humans are the ones gifted by God to have a speaking voice. Don't you think it's about time to use it to help those who can't speak for themselves?

God bless all of His creatures!

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Jul 22, 2011
by: vienna

SO i read that you have pictures about the incident? may i get a copy of them? i am actually part of a group that is doing a feature documentary on Manila zoo. we would like proof of incidents that happened there or just plainly anything related to the current state of the zoo. please and thank you :)

Jul 13, 2011
Do something about it
by: Patrick Regalado

If they really can't maintain the place anymore and the animals why not just donate or sell the animals to other zoo's that are well maintained.

Government or a certain animal group should do something about this. This is already not going well

Nov 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

I'm sure the writer of this blog is very beautiful. She writes magnificently and is very concerned with the animals. I hope there'd be more people like her. Keep it up! I love yah! :)

Sep 20, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comment, Jessica. God bless you.

Sep 17, 2010
we need to MOVE for Manila Zoo
by: Jessica

reading your posts about Manila Zoo is really heart breaking. I guess it's time that we should move and take action! Animals can't speak so lets speak for them. Spread this news and let the people from Manila Zoo and the entire Philippines read/hear it. Let's help the captive animals NOW!

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