Kangaroo Left Baking in the Sun Collapses from Heat Stroke at Petting Zoo

Kangaroo Left Baking in the Sun Collapses from Heat Stroke at Petting Zoo

In another strike against petting zoos, a kangaroo left to bake in the sun at the the Aurora Chamber Street Festival Sunday collapsed from heat stroke in his pen.

The ailing animal was discovered by a 10-year-old girl who had been looking forward to the petting zoo and rushed straight to the exhibit. But to her dismay, she found the kangaroo collapsed on the ground, clearly distressed.

“[The kangaroo] was lying on the ground, no water, barely any bedding, lying on the hot concrete and panting and foaming at the mouth,” said witness Jonathan Cole, the little girl’s older brother. There was no shade, no water…nothing to protect the animal from the blazing sun.

A little girl finds the kangaroo collapsed with heat stroke

Image Credit: Jonathan Cole

The cruel display was the work of Tiger Paws Exotics, a traveling zoo. And the kangaroo was not the only animal suffering. With just one tarp draped over the entire display — not nearly enough to cover all of the cages — the animals were desperate for relief from the heat.

Two porcupines reportedly fought each other for access to the tiny patch of shade in their enclosure, seen below.


Porcupines fighting over shade at petting zoo

Image Credit: Jonathan Cole

Cole called the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), who came out to the festival to investigate. After their arrival, the zoo put up some more tents and gave the animals water. But it was too little, too late — the zoo will not be asked back to next year’s event.

Petting zoos may entertain humans, but they are often torture for the animals forced to participate. The animals generally aren’t there willingly, but rather are captives confined to small spaces and vulnerable to the humans who do with the animals as they please. As long as humans continue treating animals as their playthings instead of as the sensitive, intelligent creatures they are, the suffering will go on.

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  1. sharon murray

    The law needs to shut down this zoos and traveling acts and people need to stand up for these animals. God gave us animals to care for: not to torture!!! Watch up people and do something!!!

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  2. sally jacques

    Disgusting. Fines, removal of the animals. Not allowing them to return does not solve the issue.

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    • Amy

      cityidiots! You have no idea what u are talking about!

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      • MS

        Whether you’re country or city, ZOOS should be permanently ABOLISHED — first priority should be the animals; then, second, the entertainment for humans — animals are to live either in their natural habitats, if able and appropriate, OR at sanctuaries created especially for them where they can be healthy, happy and comfy.

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