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'World's Saddest Zoo' On Highest Floor Of Shopping Centre Causes Public Outrage

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'World's Saddest Zoo' On Highest Floor Of Shopping Centre Causes Public Outrage

A journalist has captured shocking footage from inside the 'world's saddest zoo' located on the top floor of a shopping centre in Bangkok in Thailand.

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The video, filmed at Pata Zoo, shows a gorilla showing signs of distress, rolling in circles around her cramped enclosure as well as bored looking monkeys swinging back and forth from the bars of their cage and some sort of mountain cat pacing along a concrete floor.

The heart-breaking video was filmed by journalist Julian Küng; who said: "On the highest floor of a shopping mall these animals are held captive for over 30 years living in horrible conditions.

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"Bua Noi (the gorilla) - meaning little lotus in Thai - has been living a nightmare since 1983. She is enclosed on the sixth floor and has never set foot outside since then.

The zoo is on top of shopping mall. Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng
The zoo is on top of shopping mall. Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng

"Animal protection laws are practically non-existent in Thailand, and those that do exist are extremely vague, making them difficult to enforce."

Bua Noi was caught when she was just a baby and has spent her life inside a cage, by herself, ever since.

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Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng
Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng

And this isn't the first time the zoo has come in for flak from animal lovers, it's previously been surrounded by negative reports over animal welfare and in 2014 Thailand went ahead and introduced an animal welfare law that technically protects animals against this kind of facility - but sadly, the law isn't always enforced.

Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng
Credit: Media Drum/Julian Küng

Edwin Wiek, director and founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, previously said: "The Pata Zoo is a disgrace for all legitimate zoos in Thailand.

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"The animal welfare and safety at Pata Zoo are way below even Thailand's standards. Historically, the zoo was founded by a notorious wildlife trader and this facility does not fit in the world of 2018. We can't wait for authorities to finally close it down."

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Topics: World News, Thailand, Animals

Claire Reid
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