An­i­mals evac­u­ated to Tur­key from ‘ne­glected’ Syria zoo

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

An in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity was on Fri­day com­plet­ing the evac­u­a­tion of a dozen an­i­mals stranded in a ne­glected zoo in the con­flict-torn Aleppo prov­ince of north­ern Syria. The Four Paws group was seek­ing to move two lions and two do­mes­tic dogs from the “Magic World” zoo and amuse­ment park in Syria over the bor­der into Tur­key and then to an an­i­mal pro­tec­tion cen­tre in the north of the coun­try, a spokesman for the char­ity said.

A Four Paws team is cur­rently at the bor­der close to the town of Kilis, with the re­main­ing an­i­mals ex­pected to ar­rive shortly be­fore be­ing trans­ported to their new home on Satur­day, said spokesman Martin Bauer. In an ini­tial op­er­a­tion, Four Paws said it had on July 21 evac­u­ated nine an­i­mal­sthree lions, two tigers, two Asian black bears and two hye­nas-from the “ne­glected” Magic World. Af­ter a one-day jour­ney, they ar­rived safely at their new home, an an­i­mal pro­tec­tion fa­cil­ity in Kara­cabey, out­side the north­west­ern Turk­ish city of Bursa.

“The nine an­i­mals cur­rently treated in Kara­cabey are do­ing fine. The last years have taken quite a toll on them but they’re on their way to re­cov­ery,” said Bauer. He con­firmed that with the evac­u­a­tion of the last four an­i­mals Fri­day “there will be no more an­i­mals left at the zoo in the Magic World amuse­ment park.” — AFP

TUR­KEY: A handout pic­ture by Four Paws shows mem­bers of a rapid re­sponse team of FOUR PAWS trans­port­ing a tiger in Coban­bey, af­ter it was res­cued from the de­stroyed Magic World amuse­ment park near Aleppo.—AFP

NETHER­LANDS: A photo shows a young seal at a seal res­cue cen­tre in Pi­eter­bu­ren. —AFP

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