A zoo in Wales may have to euthanize hundreds of animals because of the risk of them starving to death due to a lack of funds amid the coronavirus.
The owners of Borth Wild Animal Kingdom are in despair because they only have enough money for one more week to care for the animals.
“I’m sorry to say that financially things are looking bleak here at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom,” the owner said in a video released by the zoo.
“We have maybe a week’s money left and then we will have to start looking at re-homing some of our animals, or as a last resort euthanizing the ones we can’t find homes for.”
The zoo, already struggling after a “long, quiet winter season,” said the issue worsened when it emerged a special government zoo fund did not apply to Wales.
“We need help now more than ever. Despite everything, we are as determined as ever to not give up,” the couple say.
The zoo, which houses more than 300 animals, faced calls to close after a lynx was accidentally strangled in “a terrible handling error” just days before a second lynx was shot and killed following an escape.