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Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them
From Reuters - August 16, 2017

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.

A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border.

What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them, Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National Police, told reporters on Tuesday.

The chaotic collapse of the countrys socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fueled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and dumpsters.

President Nicolas Maduro blames food shortages on opposition protests that have blocked streets and highways and a broader economic war led by adversaries with the help of Washington.

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