War-Scarred Lions Find New Home

Israel-Hamas war killed 80 of Gaza zoo's other animals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 1, 2014 1:51 AM CDT
Gaza's Lions Find New Home
A Palestinian worker loads a metal cage with a lion inside onto a truck at the Al-Bisan zoo yesterday.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza yesterday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war. The three, a pair of males and a pregnant female, were sedated at Al-Bisan zoo in Beit Lahiya before the big cats were placed in metal cages and loaded onto a truck that transferred them through the Erez border crossing into Israel. A spokesman from the Four Paws International welfare group says the zoo's animals were in urgent need of care after the 50-day war. He says the zoo was badly damaged and more than 80 animals died as a result of the fighting. (Read more Gaza stories.)

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