An update of photos concerning Pata "zoo" in Bangkok: a shaming mistreat of animals
"The cruel wild beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He stands in front of it."
Born To Be Wild: In the heart of the sprawling, chokingly polluted city of Bangkok, there is an appalling zoo on top of the Pata department store. I had visited this horrific place years ago, but asked another friend to check it out for me this August. It really is a wild animals worst possible nightmare. For most people it is extremely upsetting.
Here an extract from the “Expedition Report 2000”:
“IN THE COILS OF THE NAGA”
by Richard Freeman
"On the roof of the building the mammals and birds are kept in truly appalling conditions. I am an ardent supporter of responsible zoos with good breeding programmes - they are vital to save many endangered species. But slapdash holes like Pata zoo belong in the dark ages. Here gorillas, tigers, leopards, orang-utans, and pigmy hippos were kept in enclosures the size of the average living room. Worst were the bears. Three sun bears and an Asian black bear in a bare concrete enclosure with no den or climbing facilities. It could not have been more than ten feet square.
A woman was selling cakes to feed to them so their existence was nothing more than sleeping and begging. Ironically the zoo had some rare animals hardly ever seen in British zoos such as umbrella birds, Burmese ferret badgers, and yellow martins. These were totally wasted as exhibits in such a vile excuse for a zoo.
We were meant to be interviewing the director of Pata zoo who had taken some film of an alleged naga swimming in the Mekong. However he had fallen over and banged his head. He was in critical condition in hospital at the time. It seems karma really works!"