Two visitors who visited a zoo in France did something which sparked outrage. They carved their names into a rhino’s back as the 35-year-old animal was seen with the names Camille and Julien scratched into its skin, at La Palmyre zoo, which is about 500km south of Paris.
Director of the zoo, Pierre Caille, said that the rhino called Noelle, ‘’had the words inscribed into her back in a layer of dead skin and mud.’’
The official page of the Zoo posted about the whole incident and showed disappointment. The managers of the park were ‘obviously outraged by the stupidity’ of the people.’
The Facebook page of Zoo de La Palmyre wrote: ‘’– Rhino Press Release -’’
‘’Regarding the registration found a few days ago on the back of one of our rhino, the park’s management is obviously outraged by the stupidity and the lack of its author (s). Surface (because attached to the layer of dust / dried sand / dead skin that covers the back of the animal), the registration was quickly erased with the help of a brush and did not cause any discomfort to the animal.’’
‘’Our Rhino can position against the wall of their enclosure, close to the visitors, if they wish. They can also decide to rest at a distance from the visitors. When the rhino are against the wall, visitors actually have the opportunity to touch the skin of their back and the vast majority do it with respect.
We believe that being able to approach such an animal raises the emotion of the visitor and allows it to raise awareness not only about diversity but also to the majesty of the living around us.’’
‘’Some visitors also told us about the thinness of our rhino: our rhino have all-you-can-eat alfalfa hay throughout the day and a complement in pellets, apples and carrots in the evening.
This individual, 35 years old and is no longer young, is a little bit more skinny than others but his health is in no matter any concern.The Health of our animals is our priority and we intervene as soon as a problem manifests itself. ’’
– Communiqué rhinocéros -Concernant l’inscription retrouvée il y a quelques jours sur le dos de l’un de nos rhinocéros,…
‘’We are of course vigilant as to the behavior of visitors within the park: Instructions regarding both the safety of our animals but also that of visitors are remembered several times a day on the microphone, on signs positioned along the course and to The Oral by the animal healers or the staff present in the points of sale.
If the vast majority of our visitors show reservations and responsibility, unfortunately, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule.At this point, we obviously remain attentive to the evolution of behavior and reflect on the strengthening of our surveillance and security measures.
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