Res­cued Aleppo tigers find new Dutch home

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

Two tigers res­cued from an aban­doned zoo in the wartorn Syr­ian city of Aleppo are to be given a new home in a Dutch sanc­tu­ary, the an­i­mal refuge said Fri­day.

Brother and sis­ter, Sul­tan and Say­eeda, will ar­rive Mon­day in The Nether­lands af­ter they were among 13 an­i­mals evac­u­ated ear­lier this year from the “Magic World” zoo and amuse­ment park in the rav­aged Syr­ian city.

The Four Paws char­ity, which goes to the aid of an­i­mals in dis­tress around the world, brought the tigers out of Syria and into Turkey at the end of July along with five li­ons, two bears, two hye­nas and two dogs.

Af­ter a short stay in Turkey to be cared for and treated for ne­glect, the an­i­mals were taken to Jor­dan in mid-Au­gust. While most of the 13 beasts are stay­ing there, Sul­tan and Say­eeda, who were badly ema­ci­ated and de-hy­drated, are to be cared for at the Fel­ida refuge in north­ern Ni­je­berkoop. The fe­lines, which will be housed in the sanc­tu­ary’s qui­etest ar­eas, will re­ceive spe­cial med­i­cal treat­ment to help them get over the trauma of the war and de­velop a more nat­u­ral be­hav­ior.

They “were liv­ing in a war zone. They were thirsty and hun­gry. They could hear lots of noise from the bomb­ings” and suf­fered a lot of stress as a re­sult, said Si­mone Schuls, the di­rec­tor of the refuge. “It’s a great sec­ond chance for these an­i­mals,” she said, adding the pair may even­tu­ally be re­housed else­where de­pend­ing on their re­cov­ery.

In April in a tough mis­sion in Iraq, Four Paws also res­cued a lion and a bear, the last sur­vivors of the rav­aged zoo in Mo­sul.

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