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Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

13 zoo animals from Syria evacuated to wildlife reserve in Jordan

nsnbc : Thirteen animals from a zoo in Aleppo, Syria, were evacuated to a wildlife reserve in Jordan were they can stay in less stressful conditions.

Lion_magic zoo_Syria_Aug 2017Five lions, two tigers, two bears, two hyenas and two dogs were evacuated from a zoo in Aleppo in northern Syria on August 11. The animals are being released into the Al-Ma’wa reserve near the town of Souf in northern Jordan.

The animals were held at the “Magic Zoo” in Aleppo where they were living under stressful conditions. The Austrian animal charity Four Paws along with help from Turkey helped find a new home for the animals.

Four Paws said the owner of the zoo who fled Syria after the eruption of the war in 2011 had granted permission to take and evacuate the animals. Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian for Four Paws said some of the animals are fine while others suffer from blindness as well as heart, liver and kidney disease.

Dr. Khalil also said one of the lions is due to give birth within two weeks. “It was a very difficult mission”, said Khalil. “The team calls it ´mission impossible` because it is one of the most volatile and dangerous places on earth, military conflict, a lot of rebels, and it’s not easy to take wild animals from such places.”

Khalil said the animals spent the last three weeks in cages, during their transport from Syria to Turkey and then Jordan. “We are very happy today to release these animals so they can touch the ground, touch the grass and I think this is a very fine feeling which we like,” he said. “It’s a message of hope for the people in Syria and around the world. It’s peace.”

CH/L – nsnbc 12.08.2017

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