Yesterday a male pygmy hippo (name Tofi, studbook N 771) died in Kaliningrad zoo. During the planned rebuilding of pygmy hippo exhibit, he was placed to common hippo indoor exhibit, where he had separate fenced area. He was previously temporarily kept here with no problems. But this time the common hippos broken the gate at night and critically injured the pygmy one, he died after 3 days of therapy. The zoo planned to acquire a female for Tofi from Kaunas zoo, but now the plan is cancelled of course. They previously lost a PH female in 2011 (name Yara, studbook N 1022), due to kidney malfunction and possible infection from decaying fetus. The pygmy hippo exhbit would house tapirs after rebuilding. But those are not the worst news. The hippo body is going to be cremated. The white rhino & hippo that died here in last 2 years were partially preserved for the zoo's biofacts collection. However, there's a zoology museum in the city, which has space to house even whales, but the zoo authorities refused to donate those animals, and now they're mercilessly destroying another unique specimen. Now there are only 3 pygmy hippos in Russia - male in Rostov (41-year-old male that would probably die soon), 3-year-old female in Ekaterinburg and 32-year-old female in private collection near Moscow. Destroying one specimen is a crime against the zoology science. As to destroy a giant panda. Earlier, when the stillborn giraffe was born at that zoo in 2011, it was instantly fed to lions which is considered to be normal for the zoo (and this was accidentally seen by visitors, causing a great scandal). They made no difference between a farm-bred livestock (like goat or sheep) and a scientifically valuable exotic specimen, which is much more easy to preserve than adult animal. You all abroad should know, there are just few exotic megafauna specimens in Russia. 15 Asian elephants (6 in circus), 9 common hippos (6 in circus), 3 pygmy hippos (soon there'll be 2), 8 giraffes (1 in circus), 1 circus white rhino. Circus ones destined to end up at rendering plants. You may breed lots of pygmy & common hippos, elephants, rhinos and giraffes in your huge top-class zoos, dump them after death or preserve in your top-class museums - those are your animals. But the fact that our crappy zoos don't care about the fate & value of zoological treasures they keep, it's just heartbreaking. Curse those uneducated hairless apes. Especially those who direct the zoos just for money.