Thursday, August 18, 2005

R.I.P. Hobra

This crossbreed of a horse and a zebra had originally been rescued from a circus and was kept in a small room at the Byculla Zoo for most of his life. While CZA rules do not permit public displays of crossbreeds, activists have been trying to move the animal to a more spacious environment.
Animal activists feel that many circuses illegally cross-breed species for added public attraction. "There are cross-breeds like tigon (male tiger with female lion) or liger (male lion with female tiger) that are created for scientific study. But in circuses, such cross breeding like the hobra should never be allowed as it is unlawful and unnatural," said secretary of Bombay SPCA J C Khanna.

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