The zoo in eastern Mosul, which used to be the home to a multitude of wild animals, including four lions is in a "disastrous state" with just a lion and a bear surviving the utter negligence during the jihadist rule. A team of vets from the international animal charity Four Paws visited the zoo for feeding the emaciated animals and giving them medical treatment.
"It was obvious that no one had cleaned the cages or provided the animals with veterinary care for a very long time," the organization said in a statement.
According to the authorities, Simba, the young lion and Lula, the female bear have hardly had any food recently. But, they are still alive because of the kindness of Mosul residents and local volunteers, who brought scraps of food to the starving animals, even though they could hardly find enough to feed themselves. However, most of them had to flee to save their own lives, leaving the animals behind as the war conditions worsened.
Dr. Sulaim Tameer Saeed, founder of the Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection (KOARP), one of their human neighbours in the east of the city, manages to coordinate two shipments of chicken meat and fruit and vegetables to the animals.
"On February 2, I got an email from some people inside Mosul asking [for] emergency help for three animals, two lions and one bear, remaining without food more than 60 days," Saeed told The Dodo.
The Four Paws veterinarians have been able to come in and treat Simba and Lula as the Iraqi army has retaken the region from ISIS. They also coordinated food for the lion and bear for the next four weeks.