A video of a customer at a safari park in Indonesia throwing a plastic bottle contained in the mouth of a hippopotamus has precipitated outrage on-line. The act was captured on digital camera on the Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor. A number of folks have demanded the individual behind the act be arrested and punished.
Cyntia Ayu, the girl who recorded the video and posted it on TikTok and Instagram, advised Newsflare that she observed a hand reaching out from the automobile window whereas engaging a hippo with a bottle. “I used to be not in a position to cease the girl, I attempted to honk however she didn’t seem to have observed me. I referred to as the officers for assist as an alternative,” she stated.
She added that not solely was a plastic bottle thrown into the animal’s mouth, but additionally different trash. “It didn’t get caught when she threw it… however there have been many eye witnesses, there was additionally a tissue that was thrown,” she stated, reported VOI.
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The video garnered extra views after Doni Herdaru from the charity Animal Defenders Indonesia shared it and helped establish the perpetrator.
The individual was later recognized as Khadijah with the assistance of the automobile’s quantity plate. Apologising, the girl from Cicalengka, West Java, stated, “I threw it by chance.”
TSI later launched a press release saying a plastic mineral water bottle and a tissue was discovered within the hippo’s mouth. “We discovered a plastic mineral water bottle and a tissue (within the hippopotamus’ mouth) however the waste was not swallowed but,” TSI spokesman Yulius H Suprihardo to Kompas. “The hippopotamus, whom we named Ari, opened its mouth reflexively as a result of the animal thought the guests would feed it. As a substitute of meals, the customer threw plastic waste, an motion that’s doubtlessly deadly (to the hippopotamus),” he added.
Clarifying that the animal is doing nicely, the park stated it hoped the incident raised consciousness among the many public and isn’t repeated.
The park has additionally filed a grievance with the police in opposition to the girl within the video. The Bogor Police is at present investigating the incident.