Lion res­cued from Syria gives birth in Jor­dan

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - BY KARIN LAUB

The odds had been stacked against Ha­jar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, res­cued from a de­funct zoo in war-torn Syria, was re­leased into a wildlife re­serve in Jor­dan.

Dana and 12 other an­i­mals, in­clud­ing four other lions, two bears and two tigers, had barely sur­vived un­der harsh con­di­tions in the Syr­ian city of Aleppo, un­til a few months ago a ma­jor bat­tle­ground in the coun­try’s civil war. They were trans­ported from Syria to Turkey and then to Jor­dan by the in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal char­ity Four Paws, stuck in cages dur­ing the three-week jour­ney. They ar­rived at the alMa’wa re­serve in north­ern Jor­dan on Fri­day.

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