Starving Venezuelans steal animals from zoo to EAT as the country struggles with chronic food shortages

Zoo animals are being stolen from parks in western Venezuela and police believe they are being snatched to be eaten by the starving local population.

A wave of animal thefts in city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border – including tapirs and a buffalo – have been linked to the chronic food shortages in Venezuela

Most recently, two collared peccaries, similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend, local police say.