Zoo Says It May Need to Feed Animals to Each Other in Order to Stay Afloat During Lockdown | 22 Words

Amid the pandemic, zoos are really struggling. Unlike many businesses, zoos are still having to continue operating, but without money from visitors.

For one zoo in Germany, their struggles have reached new levels of desperation this week, as it has been revealed that they may have to start feeding animals to each other to stay afloat.

And that isn't the only awful measure they may have to take. Keep scrolling to read this heartbreaking story...

It's not just people affected by the current lockdowns - it's animals too.

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In a last-ditch effort to slow down the spread of the deadly virus, countries and major cities all over the world have gone into full lockdown.

The virus has been spreading at an alarming rate...

And now, over 2 million globally have been infected with the virus.

Self-isolation has now been deemed as the most effective way of combating the virus.

While medical researchers work tirelessly to find a vaccine, regular people have been urged to avoid any form of social interaction and contact as best they can.

Remaining isolated is the safest option for many.

And millions are now quarantining themselves at home for months at a time.

Many have been forced to temporarily leave their jobs amid the health crisis...

And have no option but to sit in their homes and think of ways to stay entertained.

Most of us are finding self-isolation rather boring...

It turns out that all the Netflix in the world isn't even enough to keep us entertained for 2 weeks.

And many are struggling with being cooped up in the house for so long...

Dogs, we finally feel your pain.

But others are coming up with inventive ways to stay entertained.

Another beer? Why not!

But, while these people are sending themselves around the bend with boredom...

Others are finding solace in their work.

But sadly, the fact remains that many industries have been incredibly hit hard by the pandemic.

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Including zoos, with many struggling to stay afloat in these uncertain times.

Zoos still need to be able to take care of their animals...

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But, due to being closed to visitors, finding the money is easier said than done.

Unlike some other businesses...

Zoos can't just go dormant and still have to maintain enclosures and feed the animals.

Just a month ago, Germany's animal sanctuaries begged German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for one-hundred million euros.

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The money would help care for the animals amid state-imposed lockdowns.

But this week, there has been some tragic news...

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A struggling German zoo has composed a heartbreaking proposal citing the stark future its animals could face.

Neumünster Zoo is in the clutches of a complete feeding crisis.

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And the proposal outlines the drastic measures that may have to be taken to stay afloat.

Verena Kaspari, director of Neumünster Zoo, spoke to the German newspaper, Die Welt, about the dire situation.

According to the BBC, the zoo belongs to an association and is therefore not entitled to financial relief from the state, leaving the zoo with barely anything to survive off and relying on donations from the public.

Kaspari predicts that the business could lose almost $200,000 this spring.

“If it comes to it, I’ll have to euthanize animals, rather than let them starve," she said.

But, even more worryingly...

The zoo may have to feed animals to each other to survive. "At the worst, we would have to feed some of the animals to others."

She continued:

“We’ve listed the animals we’ll have to slaughter first​."

Kaspari didn’t directly list which animals will be slaughtered...

But she admitted that the "unpleasant" measure may still not be enough to stay afloat. What a truly awful situation.