Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.
Two collared peccaries, which look like boars, were stolen at the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the city of Maracaibo.
“What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them,” Luis Morales, police say.
The collapse of the country’s socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it.
Takes a lot of effort to turn a country from the most prosperous on the continent to the poorest.