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Originally Posted: 28 February 2009
Liberate Susi the Elephant From the Barcelona Zoo
From Born Free Foundation
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Susi lives at the Barcelona Zoo and is in a serious state of depression. But we will begin to tell their story from the beginning, a biography riddled with gaps and loopholes.
Susi was born in the wild in Africa in 1973 and we do not know if Susi was one of the many elephant orphans by hunters or captured to be exploited in a circus, the fact is that one day Susie went to the premises of Terra Natura and then was transferred to Barcelona Zoo in 2002. Susi shared the area with Alicia, an elephant playing an important role as the dominant female in a species that is essentially matriarchal in their social organization, Zoos do not provide what elephants need, but at least they could be together and endure their captivity.
But in late February 2008 Alicia died in circumstances not yet clarified, leaving Susie alone and with an ever-increasing depression and other signs of problems:
Stereotyped behavior has increasingly accentuated: a stereotyped movement is one that is conducted on a repetitive and compulsive behavior no purpose. In the case of the elephant is typical balancing the head and trunk, and a "dance" performed alternating front legs to support them in the ground.
Susi eat her own feces: this is called coprophagy, and is a behavior that betrays her state of anxiety, stress and boredom.
Intestinal disorders: Susi insistently ask visitors to the zoo for distractions and food, simply because she is provided anything for enrichment. Thus this giant eats vegetarian sausages, chips, plastic bags, toys and anything that is brought within reach, which causes a host of gastrointestinal disorders, one of the most frequent causes of death in elephants in zoos.
Please encourage the Barcelona Zoo to do what's best for Susi.
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