Went to the Penang bird park today after spending an amazing 5 days in Georgetown. We had checked out the butterfly farm on the island and were extremely impressed and expected the same caliber from the bird park. We were gravely disappointed. The place was expensive and run down, which in Malaysia I can deal with as I'm happy to spend a litlle extra in order to help improve conditions. The birds do not look happy. There are 8 species of owl forced by chain and padlock no less, to sit on a tree in the baking hot sun for hours on end. The emu had pecked off half his own feathers. An eagle in the entrance was not only tied down but his leather strap had become trapped around a nail and it was unable to escape at all. An employee was using a leafblower to clear the entrance way of debris and this was causing the bird great distress but it could not get away. The crocodiles water was filthy and the cages were too small with little or no provision of food or water. Don't go. Better yet, go with a set of bolt cutters and let a little light into these animals lives by setting them free.
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