Published: Tuesday February 19, 2013 MYT 10:39:00 PM
Cops: Revenge behind the poisoning of sun bear and stallion
By R.S.N. MURALI
MALACCA: Police believe that revenge is behind the deaths of a female Malayan Sun Bear and an Arabian stallion at the Malacca Zoo and Night Safari here.
“For now, I can only say that it was an act of revenge.
“It is premature to divulge the details as the probe is still ongoing,” said state deputy CID chief Supt P.R. Gunarajan.
The two animals were found dead by poison by zoo keepers on Sunday.
Post-mortems showed the bear had eaten a poisoned banana while the horse had the poison sprinkled on the grass it subsequently ate.
The chimpanzees and the orang utans, however, avoided the poisoned bananas, oranges and sugar cane.
The 17-year-old stallion, named Basket, was not part of the zoo exhibits but was housed there by its owner.
Supt Gunarajan said tests revealed that the poison powder was a mix of pesticide and a toxin.