The animals in a zoo in Gaza were in desperate need of rescue. They were dying at alarming rate due to the unsanitary conditions when the Austrian association Four Paws stepped in at this zoo in Khan Younis, to save the last imprisoned residents of this true hellhole.
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Over the past few months the animals faced a never-ending ordeal, as the zoo is situated in a war zone. Without enough water and food, they started to fall victim to the extremely volatile living conditions one after the other.
The dead animals were not even removed from the premises and their corpses were scattered everywhere, horror still visible in their half-open eyes. This zoo deserves its reputation as "the worst zoo in the world".
Laziz, the tiger, was the only one who ended up in South Africa, where he'll find peace at the Lionsrock sanctuary, according to French organisation 30 Millions d'Amis, who helped Four Paws pull off this rescue.
Four Paws International fought since last year for the removal of the animals and for this sad excuse of a zoo to be shut down.
Their success is a huge victory for animal rights in general and specifically for the association, who had already aided neglected animals in two cases in 2015.
The veterinarian in charge of the operation, Amir Khalil, explains:
The shutting down of the zoo signifies a new start for Laziz, the tiger, and the other animals who have previously had their lives wasted by the incredibly sad living conditions. They suffered from a cruel lack of food and care.