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Rapid Response Iraq

The lion's mother died recently, and was buried in a grave next to its cage.

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.

FOUR PAWS is the first animal welfare organisation to receive permission to enter the city of Mosul

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 and the lion have very bad teeth, and in addition the bear suffers from pneumonia and the lion has a joint condition. Their cages were polluted with debris. FOUR PAWS accompanied by local volunteers provided the animals with food and first aid. The cages were cleaned for the first time in three months. We are happy that we managed to provide the bear and the lion with the urgently needed help.

While performing a vet check we heard blasts of missiles in the remote parts of the city.

Food and medicine for the next four weeks

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