Zookeeper Barbara Fiala-Burke with Jaya the binturong.
Zookeeper Barbara Fiala-Burke with Jaya the binturong.

Fears grow for missing Jaya

AUSTRALIA Zoo's missing binturong is still on the loose and staff admit his chances of survival are not good.

Jaya is the first animal of its kind to escape from the zoo and has now been missing for almost two weeks.

International conservation manager Giles Clark said food was a major concern for the captive bred animal.

"Jaya like other binturongs is primarily a fruit eater," he said.

"He will be trying to source foods that he is accustomed to eating but we hold concerns for his long-term survival in the wild."

Jaya's disappearance is being looked into but zoo staff are still at a loss as to how he escaped.

The zoo said Jaya could be scared and defensive.

They are working with authorities and the community to find him.

Mr Clark said there were no plans to make any changes to enclosures following the Jaya's disappearance.

"Australia Zoo follows world-class standards in animal enclosures, handling and safety," Mr Clark said

"This enclosure would be among some of the best in the world."

The binturong is a bear-like creature native to South East Asia with a tail like a monkey and spends most of its time in forest canopies.

Pip, the other Binturong who was injured when Jaya escaped is recovering well.

Jaya isn't a threat to the public but if anyone spots him they should avoid contact and call the zoo immediately on 5436 2120.



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