Tunis zoo reopens weeks after visitors kill croc
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Tunis zoo reopens weeks after visitors kill croc

Reptile was stoned to death, in the latest incident in a string of scandals at the 50-year-old wildlife park

Tunisian visitors walk at the Belvedere Zoo, which was closed for renovation works following an attack on a crocodile a month earlier, in the capital Tunis on April 13, 2017. (AFP/ Fethi Belaid)
Tunisian visitors walk at the Belvedere Zoo, which was closed for renovation works following an attack on a crocodile a month earlier, in the capital Tunis on April 13, 2017. (AFP/ Fethi Belaid)

TUNIS, Tunisia (AFP) — A Tunisian zoo that closed after a crocodile was stoned to death has reopened, with extra guards and new signs instructing visitors not to throw things at the animals.

The Belvedere Zoo in central Tunis shut its gates in March after a public outcry over the animal’s death.

Images shared on social media showed the dead crocodile’s head beside what appeared to be a bloodied paving slab and another large rock.

The reptile’s death was the latest in a string of scandals at the 50-year-old zoo, which has long been in need of renovation.

Pictures of the site filled with litter caused an outcry on social media last year.

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