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Emaciated Sumatran tiger on brink of death

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A critically endangered Sumatran tiger at a notorious Indonesian zoo where hundreds of animals have died in recent years is emaciated and on the brink of death, an official said on Wednesday. 

An ailing critically endangered Sumatran tiger named Melani is fed from an enclosure at the Surabaya Zoo on April 17, 2013. Melani, a 15-year-old female, has been suffering from a serious digestive disorder for the past five years.

Melani, a 15-year-old female, has been suffering from a serious digestive disorder for the past five years due to a diet of tainted chicken which has pushed her weight down from 80 to 60 kilograms (176 to 132 pounds).

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