Arturo Update: The Mendoza Zoo





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Published on Jul 21, 2014

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Last year Arturo made headlines when Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Conservancy contacted the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina hoping to move him to their zoo in Canada. Noting blistering summer temperatures in Mendoza and very evident stereotypy movements seen in YouTube videos, indicating Arturo appeared to be in distress. But the Mendoza Zoo lacked the medical records Canada required for the move.

The Mendoza Zoo also said that Arturo is not healthy enough to withstand the transfer, the Government of Mendoza accepted that assessment and decided that Arturo would remain in Mendoza. Recently the Assiniboine Park released a statement clarifying they were not invited to participate in that assessment nor were they given access to any health records.

This year the Assiniboine Park also had a planned trip for the end of March to evaluate the Mendoza Zoo and provide recommendations; but that trip cancelled by Mendoza officials and has not invited them to reschedule the trip. The offer still stands.

Over a year later Arturo is starting to go viral after being dubbed "world's saddest animal" and a change.org petition has reached over half a million signatures.




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