Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Monkey business at the zoo

I mentioned last week about some strange goings on at the Kiev Zoo. Well it turns out there’s more to it than just elephanticide.

Since 2008 the zoo apparently received over 140 million Hr (£12 million) from the state for development and reconstruction only for the director of the zoo to publicly announce in October last year they had no cash and precious little development or reconstruction had taken place.

Then there are stories of zoo workers being beaten up and forced to take polygraph tests and phone calls threatening to poison animals and you think what on earth is going on. It slams in to focus with the casual mention of building cottages on the 35 hectare site the zoo occupies. For “cottages” think multi-million pound luxury mansions and you get the picture. RIP Nellie.