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Lula and Simba are safe at last: Bear and lion left starving in Mosul zoo arrive in Jordan

Dave Burke: ‘A bear and lion who spent months starving in the war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul have finally started a new life at a rehabilitation centre in Jordan. Lula the bear and Simba the lion were in the Montazah Al-Morour zoo as fighting engulfed the city, and were trapped in damaged cages without proper care or enough food. The zoo was hit by bombs and severely damaged during clashes between ISIS and the Iraqi army more than a month ago. It is thought that around 40 animals died, some from starvation, while others were directly killed by the bomb attacks. Others fled from their damaged cages.

A huge rescue operation was launched to bring the animals to safety, and were released into temporary enclosures, having made it out of Iraq after spending nine days at a checkpoint. A first attempt to take them to safety had ended in failure, as the Iraqi army blocked them from leaving and sent them back to the zoo. They were rescued by animal charity Four Paws, and have been taken to Amman in Jordan’. SOURCE…

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