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    Jan 10, 2014

    Lion found hanged in cage at Indonesia 'death zoo'


    A YOUNG African lion has died after getting its head caught in cables in its cage at an Indonesian zoo notorious for hundreds of animal deaths in recent years, it was announced yesterday.

    The 18-month-old lion named Michael was found early on Tuesday at the Surabaya Zoo, in the east of the main island of Java, said zoo spokesman Agus Supangkat.

    "The lion was found hanging from the roof of its cage. It was very young and got its head stuck in cables that keepers use to open and close the cage," Mr Supangkat said.

    He insisted that the death was an accident and not due to negligence. Police are investigating, he added.

    The incident came just two days after a wildebeest was found dead in its cage at the zoo, which has been dubbed the "death zoo" because so many animals have died there prematurely in recent years due to neglect.

    Among them have been endangered orangutans, a tiger whose food was laced with formaldehyde and a giraffe found dead with a beachball-sized lump of plastic in its stomach, after eating food wrappers thrown into its pen over the years.