By Ray Wang | 2013-1-18 | ONLINE EDITION
A red muntjac died of hunger and gastric ulcer last night despite a surgery to treat its broken leg, Shanghai Zoo said today.
Malnutrition led to the deer's organ failure and gastric ulcer, said Bai Jiaming, a zoo official, after an autopsy was conducted.
Bai said the muntjac had been injured for a long time and did not receive timely treatment.
The deer was brought to the zoo on Wednesday night after police found it was wandering on a street in Baoshan District, attracting many onlookers. Police notified the Baoshan Wildlife Protection Station which brought the animal to the zoo for health check.
Veterinarians found the male muntjac suffered a fractured forelimb and was severely undernourished. Fearing it might die any time, the zoo doctors immediately performed on its broken leg.