Heartbreaking images show elephant crying moments before her death

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Indonesian 'Zoo of Death' Loses Another Animal

Newly released images from an Indonesian zoo have animal lovers up in arms this week.

The heartbreaking photos show Yani, a Sumatran female elephant, sobbing moments before she passed away on Wednesday, after suffering from "blistering skin" and reportedly receiving minimal treatment.

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The 34-year-old endangered elephant died in a zoo in Bandung, West Java -- a facility that is privately funded despite being on state grounds.

According to Rappler, the Bandung's mayor stopped by the city's zoo after word spread about Yani's poor treatment.

"If they don't have the budget to manage (the zoo), they should seek support," he said.

Sadly, Yani's situation is not atypical. Indonesia has come under fire for their "death zoos" before, after PETA and other animal rights organizations banded together to spotlight the horrific living conditions that the animals are forced to endure.

"It is a virtual hell on Earth for animals—a former member of the zoo's management estimates that 50 animals have died at the zoo in just the last three months," PETA stated about another zoo in Surabaya.

The video below offers a disturbing glimpse into the conditions they endure. "Rozek, a 13-year-old Sumatran tiger, starved to death after his digestive tract rotted away from being fed meat laced with formaldehyde," PETA explained.

Yani's situation is reportedly being investigated by several doctors, who will announce the cause of death in a public statement on Thursday.

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Heartbreaking images show elephant crying moments before her death
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, forestry officials ride on the back of elephants laden with hoses and a water pump as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, an elephant used to patrol areas affected by forest fires walk on a burned field in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, Indonesian firemen ride on the back of elephants as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, Indonesian firemen ride on the back of an elephant as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, forestry officials ride on the back of an elephant as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, a forestry official rides on the back of an elephant laden with hose during a patrol at an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 photo, forestry officials load a water pump on the back of an elephant prior to the start of a patrol at an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipments to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure that fires don't reappear after smoldering beneath the peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
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