Because of coronavirus lockdown, Zoos are finding hard to function and are asking for donations.
The crisis have gone that far, that a zoo director in northern Germany has even admitted that some animals might soon have to be fed to others, if the zoo is to survive.
Neumünster Zoo’s Verena Kaspari told Die Welt that killing some animals so that others could live would be a last resort, and “unpleasant”, but even that would not solve the financial problem.
The seals and penguins needed big quantities of fresh fish daily, she pointed out.
“If it comes to it, I’ll have to euthanise animals, rather than let them starve,” she said, BBC reports.
“At the worst, we would have to feed some of the animals to others.”
Ms Kaspari’s zoo belongs to an association, which is not covered by the state emergency fund for small businesses.
She estimates the zoo’s loss of income this spring will be about €175,000 (£152,400).