Over Half of Animal Deaths at Seoul Children’s Grand Park Attributed to Diseases or Accidents

SEOUL - Over the last five years, more than half of the animal deaths at Seoul Children's Grand Park have been due to diseases or accidents, prompting a city councilor to call for improved animal care and management by zoo authorities.

According to a news release by Yonhap News Agency, who cited data from Seoul Facilities Corp., a total of 177 animals died at the zoo from 2018 to May this year. Of these deaths, 96, or 54.2%, were due to diseases or accidents. Specifically, the breakdown showed that 69 animals died from diseases and 27 from accidents. In contrast, only 81 animals, or 45.8%, died of natural causes.

Councilor Lee also pointed out that 76 animals, or 42.9% of those that died from diseases or accidents, were internationally endangered species. "Endangered animals that should be protected are actually dying from diseases at the zoo," Lee stated, calling for urgent improvements in the zoo's animal care and management practices.

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