Did a zoo really shoot a baby hippo?
April 20, 2010 3:08 AM Subscribe
Did Auckland zoo(in New Zealand) really shoot a baby hippo because of budget constraints?
posted by Phcyso to pets & animals (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the Canadian book Shooting the hippo by Linda McQuaig a tv show called W5 is referenced.
The shows host, Eric Malling, said that Auckland zoo killed a baby hippo because their funding had been cut and they did not have enough money to expand the enclosure.
I can not find any other websites that collaborate this claim.
So my question is did it really happen? and if so, why didn't they just relocate it to another zoo?
quote from The Canadian Encyclopedia
(The book's title springs from a tale told by CTV W5 host Eric Malling in his documentary on New Zealand, in which he said that a baby hippopotamus was shot because the zoo could no longer afford to maintain it after funding cuts.)
The title of Ms. McQuaig's book comes about, she explains, because, down under in New Zealand, they ran out of government money and the country had no way of getting more because of its huge debt. One of the things that New Zealand might have otherwise done, if it had the money, would be to expand its facilities at one of its zoos, so as to accommodate another hippo baby. The authorities, rather than expanding the hippo pool and increasing the budget for herbage decided to shoot it. Apparently, a Canadian TV news program, "W5", used this story, the shooting of this little unwanted hippo, as a concrete example of what can happen when an overspent country "hits the wall."