Chacha the chimpanzee escaped from a zoo in Japan and tried his best to stay free, perched atop an electric pole, before being sedated, falling into a blanket, and then being taken back to the zoo.
This news came just after octopus Inky successfully escaped from an aquarium.
Animals in zoos and aquariums are denied everything that is natural and important to them, and they’re showing that they do not want to live there. Animals in zoos are often unable to fly, swim, roam or exhibit most types of natural behaviour. Social animals are often housed alone. They are also often kept in barren, filthy cages with nothing to do. The frustration of confinement leads many animals to demonstrate repetitive stereotypic types of behaviour, such as endless rocking, swaying, bar biting, circling or vomiting.
Join us in urging the government to phase out zoos and to focus on protecting animals in their natural habitat. Please write polite letters to Central Zoo Authority officials using the below contact details, expressing your concern and demanding that action be taken:
Central Zoo Authority
Annexe-VI, Bikaner House Shahjahan Road
New Delhi 110 011
India 91-011-2338 1585, 23073072
91-011-2338 6012 (fax)