Ruperta, Venezuela’s starving elephant. Photo El Universal
TODAY VENEZUELA – It’s not only people that are starving in Venezuela, in a country that is currently in the middle of a deep economic crisis, but animals too.
Since last year, there have been multiple media reports of zoo animals going hungry in the country, as the crippling economy has slowed food supplies.
One zoo animal, Ruperta, who is currently at the Caricuao Zoo, is the face of many heartbreaking instances thathas taken social media by storm.
Be warned, the photos are pretty shocking, show a full-grown elephant with protruding bones and a severely sunken face. After the photos went viral, Venezuelans launched a food drive to save Ruperta. El Universal reported that Ruperta is suffering from diarrhea and dehydration after