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Rapid Response Iraq


Simba's mother died recently, and was buried in a grave next to his cage.
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FOUR PAWS brings hope to the last wild animals of a city ravaged by war

FOUR PAWS rapid response team has been able to provide food and urgent veterinary care to a bear and a lion, the last animals of Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in Eastern Mosul, Iraq. For the last three months the zoo was on the front line of an armed conflict between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq army. The zoo was nearly destroyed and most of its animals including a lioness, monkeys, and rabbits were killed or died of starvation.


Some animals including three bear cubs were eaten by hungry predators or died of starvation.
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The animals are not well...

FOUR PAWS’ team headed by Dr. Amir Khalil entered the ravaged city of Mosul on early Tuesday morning to find the zoo and its exhausted inhabitants in a disastrous state. Although alive, both animals look miserable and are suffering from many diseases caused by malnutrition and lack of veterinary care. Both the bear, Lulu, and the lion, Simba, have very bad teeth. In addition, the bear suffers from pneumonia and the lion has bad joints. Their cages were polluted with debris. FOUR PAWS accompanied by local volunteers provided the animals with food and first aid. The cages were cleaned and the bear and the lion were provided with urgently needed help.


While performing a vet check we heard blasts of missiles in the remote parts of the city.
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Food and medicine for the next four weeks

The food will be distributed with the help of local volunteers. The health conditions of the animals are still far from good, but veterinary care should help them to overcome this most difficult time and we are hopeful they will recover.

 

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