Thursday, 17 August 2017

Zoo animals 'stolen to be eaten' amid Venezuela shortages

Police in crisis-hit Venezuela believe animals stolen from a zoo were taken to be eaten amid chronic food shortages in the South American country.

Two collared peccaries, a mammal similar to a pig, went missing over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park, near Venezuela's northeastern border with Colombia.

"What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," said a local police official.

An economic crisis gripping socialist-run Venezuela has left many supermarket shelves empty.

A recent study revealed 93% of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy enough food and 73% have lost weight in the last year.

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