Animals at Shuttered Aquarium in Chiba Struggling to Find New Homes


Choshi, Chiba Pref., Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--A female bottlenose dolphin called Honey as well as penguins and other animals that once attracted crowds of people at a marine park in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have yet to find new homes since the closure of the facility more than six months ago.

The Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium, located in the Pacific coastal city of Choshi, was shuttered in January due to a financial plight caused by a sharp drop in the number of visitors after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The operator of the aquarium has to date failed to find where to transfer those animals, which require special care.

According to the Chiba prefectural government, the animals include 46 Humboldt penguins, amphibian species, such as axolotls, and fish, in addition to Honey.

As the operator still maintains the facility and feeds the animals, "there are no problems in ways the creatures are taken care of or with their health," said an official of the prefectural government's Kaiso public health center, which is conducting on-site inspections on the closed aquarium almost every month.

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