Tigers at Manila Zoo will not survive if released in the wild.

Tigers at Manila Zoo will not survive if released in the wild.

Donald Manalastas, a veterinarian, said Manila Zoo only acquires animals that are bred in captivity, not plucked from the wild. He also rejected calls by PETA to release the zoo animals back into the wild, saying they are better off in the zoo.

“We strongly believe that these animals that have been ‘hand-fed’ and housed for a period of time will not survive if released in the wild, for they have lost their natural ability to hunt food,” Manalastas said.

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