Last survivors at Iraqi zoo rescued

Last week a lion and a bear who spent months starving in the war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul finally started a new life at a rehabilitation center in Jordan.

Simba the lion and Lula the bear were held in the Montazah Al-Morour zoo as fighting engulfed the city, and were trapped in damaged cages without proper care or enough food.

The zoo was hit by bombs and severely damaged during clashes between ISIS and the Iraqi army more than a month ago.

Around 40 animals died, some from starvation, while others were directly killed by the bomb attacks. Others fled from their damaged cages.

An enormous rescue operation was launched to bring the animals to safety.

A first attempt to take them to safety had ended in failure, as the Iraqi army blocked them from leaving and sent them back to the zoo.

Simba and Lula were rescued by animal charity Four Paws and were taken to Amman in Jordan.

Dr. Amir Khalil, who led the mission, said: ‘It has been a massive challenge but now we are so happy that we’ve been able to bring Lula and Simba to New Hope Centre where they are well cared for. From now on they will have a much better life.

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