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Staff claim animals dying in Vladivostok Aquarium

Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East
Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East Image by Stas Wilf / CC BY 2.0

Primorsky Aquarium in Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East, has been hit by serious allegations of improper conditions for animals. The claims were made by anonymous staff members, provoking a petition to the government which gathered more than 2000 names in four days.

The allegations include the following: six animals have died; a long power cut has resulted in fish dying; there is not enough medicine for the wildlife; the pools are polluted by bacteria.

The management has confirmed that six animals have died over the past three years but explained other allegations as teething problems and said that experts have been brought in to rectify the conditions. The aquarium is expected to be one of the largest in the world but the construction works are still in progress although the planned opening date was September 2012. Read more: siberiantimes.com