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Lion found hanging in cage at Indonesia 'death zoo'

Published on Jan 9, 2014 3:45 PM

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AFP) - 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 on Thursday.

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

"The lion was found hanging from the roof of his cage. He was very young and got his head stuck in cables that keepers use to open and close the cage," Mr Supangkat told AFP. Mr Supangkat insisted that the death was an accident and not due to negligence. Police were investigating its death, 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.

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