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A recent video posted on the Animalreset Facebook page captures the reality of life for wild animals living in captivity. The footage shows a clear indentation in the floor of the dusty enclosure, caused by the endless pacing of a distraught rhino. There is no doubt, this rhino is suffering from severe boredom and stress in a condition called zoochosis.

The term “zoochosis” was coined in 1992 by Bill Travers to characterize the obsessive, repetitive behaviors exhibited by animals kept in captivity. Some of the abnormal behaviors that have been documented associated with this deep form of mental distress include self-mutilation, vomiting, excessive grooming, coprophagia (consuming excrement), random biting, twisting or nodding of the neck and head, weaving back and forth, and yes, mindless pacing.

This disorder isn’t called zoochosis by accident either. We all grew up believing that zoos helped animals, that the animals there must have been rescued and can’t be returned to the wild. If only those innocent thoughts were the case! While there may be some instances of this situation, they are actually few and far between. Zoos primarily exist to make money and often either capture their animals from the wild or procure them through captive breeding programs. Life in captivity can never compare to that in the wild and it’s no surprise that many captive wild animals fall prey to this form of deep mental distress.

If you find this video disturbing, the best thing you can do is spread the truth about zoos and boycott them at all cost. When people stop paying to see animals in captivity, they can finally all be free.

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0 comments on “Captive Rhino Wearing Circles Into the Floor of His Enclosure From Pacing Shows the Real Impact of Zoos (VIDEO)”

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Rip Van Winkle
5 Months Ago

Animals shuld be moved to sanctuary cities where they are protected

Muriel Servaege
5 Months Ago

This is just what human prisoners might do in their prison cell. Captivity is not for great animals especially not for the rest of their lives.

5 Months Ago


5 Months Ago

I think all zoos should be shut down and the animals put into a sancturary where they can live out their natural lives such as they will be. It beats being caged for the rest of their lives. Too cruel.

dr thomas ambrosia
5 Months Ago

4 3 18
so why not ID the zoo(s) that is doing this.
No animal should be in zoos that do not provide a natural environment for the animal.
This poor rhino as well as elephants and other animals need space to roam, walk and to live their natural God Given Lives.
When you do stories like this it infuriates me that you do not id the persons, places, zoos, links
many times your links do not work.
Put the link address at the end of the story.

5 Months Ago

OneGreenPlanet needs to do a little more research before posting some of their articles. This rhino\'s name is Romulo. He was born in England 1979 and lived at a city zoo in Viveros Park, Valencia, Spain (where this video was taken). In 2007 (and into 2008), he and all of the animals at this city zoo were relocated to Bioparc in Valencia, Spain (another zoo!) due to their symptoms of "zoochosis" better known as "stereotyping". (Stereotyping describes any abnormal behavior that captive animals demonstrate.) After arriving at Bioparc, Romulo continued to walk in circles. Caretakers began to introduce a series of exercises intended to break his stereotype habit (distributing food) and encourage him to explore his new enclosure. Male white rhinos are encouraged to mate through the presence of a second male (called a "waxer"). In Romulo\'s case, he was reintroduced to two females and one male while at Bioparc and intended to serve as the park\'s "waxer". In 2011, Romulo began the process of transferring to a Reserve at Seville. He arrived in Seville in 2013.


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