Starving Venezuelans Break into Zoo, Eat Horse

Vietnamese pigs and sheep also stolen.

As the economic crisis in Venezuela continues to worsen, starving citizens broke into a zoo and slaughtered a horse to eat it. Several people busted into the Caricuao Zoo in Caracas and then butchered the zoo's stallion.

According to, prosecutors say the horse was the only one of its kind in the zoo, before it was killed.

It is thought that only its head and ribs were left behind in a pile for the zookeepers to find the next morning.

However, it is not the first instance of animals being taken from the zoo, with Vietnamese pigs and sheep also reportedly stolen.

 The zoo animals are also starving. Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds have died from starvation, some of which went without food for more than 2 weeks.

Marlene Sifontes, 52, union leader for employees in the state parks, said: 'The story of the animals at Caricuao is a metaphor for Venezuelan suffering.'

She said lions and tigers in the zoo in Caracas were being fed mango and pumpkin to make up their meat rations, while an elephant is eating tropical fruit instead of its usual diet of hay.

Other zoo animals are also starving. Three animals died in Paraguana in May and 6 bears are eating only half of their daily required food.

President Nicolas Maduro blames the country's economic crisis on an "economic war" started by local opponents and the United States.