Bears Eat Monkey at Amsterdam Zoo

I admit that I’m not a fan of the zoo.  It bothers me to see these poor creatures penned up in small cages, kept from doing what would be more natural for them to do in the wild.

I guess, however, if I was in Amsterdam on Sunday, I wouldn’t have that excuse.

From Yahoo!News:  Bears caught, mauled, killed and ate a macaque monkey in front of horrified visitors on Sunday at Beekse Bergen Safari Park, in Amsterdam.  According to the article, several Sloth bears chased the monkey into an electrified fence where it was stunned. The monkey then tried to run away, but a bear caught and mauled the poor animal.

A statement released by the park noted:  “In an area where Sloth bears, great apes and Barbary macaques have coexisted peacefully for a long time, the harmony was temporarily disturbed during opening hours on Sunday… Of course the habitats here in the safari park are arranged in such a way that one animal almost never kills another, but they are and remain wild animals.”

The park plans to move the remaining monkeys to another area.