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Old 04-18-2003, 07:49 PM   #1
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The poor lions and tigers.......

Sorry guys, I haven't kept up much in this forum so this may have been brought up elsewhere, but it makes me so sad

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Nothing Stops Zoo Looters, Except Lions
Thu Apr 17,10:07 AM ET By Rosalind Russell

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Even the animals have gone. Baghdad's frenzied looting spree has left nothing untouched, and the city zoo is no exception.

Monkeys, bears, horses, birds and camels have disappeared, carted off by thieves or simply left to roam the streets after their cages were prised open.

More than 300 animals are missing -- only the lions and tigers remain.

The big cats, who were obviously too fearsome for the robbers, have been left neglected and starving in their enclosures.

In the days since U.S. troops entered the Iraqi capital, looters have ruled the amusement park in which Baghdad Zoo stands, roaming the site with rifles and crowbars and making off with anything of value.

"I am frightened to come here," said the zoo's vet Hashim Mohamed Hussein as gunfire crackled from across the park on Thursday. "But I have to see my animals. They are hungry but we have no money to feed them."

Mandor, a 20-year-old Siberian tiger and the personal property of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s eldest son Uday, was slumped against the green bars of his cage, his beautifully-marked coat hanging off his bones.

He looked up briefly as the vet approached, only to hang his head again when he realized his keeper was empty-handed.

Next door, Sudqa, a nine-year-old lioness, got to her feet and let out a low moan. The remnants of her last meal lay in the corner, a white bone chewed over and over.

Hussein said in all there were seven lions and two tigers, who each consume some five kilograms of meat a day.

"Five kilograms of meat would cost me 80,000 dinars ($30)," said Hussein. "And there are nine animals. I have nothing like this kind of money."

He said the animals were last fed properly 10 days ago, just before U.S. forces entered Baghdad. Spent casings of shells and bullets outside the zoo and a burned-out Iraqi armored personnel carrier are proof of the invasion.

The Americans quickly swept through the west of the city, said Hussein, leaving the area in the hands of looters, who grabbed chimpanzees, Vervet monkeys, Pekinese dogs, love birds and cockatoos.

Off the main road, one of the zoo's camels grazes on a patch of scrub.

"The bears have gone too, I don't know if they took them or just let them go," said Hussein, who said he was also concerned for the well-being of Uday's even bigger collection of lions and tigers at his Baghdad residence.

With no U.S. presence in the park, would-be looters are on the prowl. One group was trying to uproot a large generator next to the model railway, ignoring Hussein's cries of disgust.

"There is no government, no security, no organization," Hussein said. "We are alone here and without help our animals will die."





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Kuwait is supposed to be sending some food soon......
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Old 04-18-2003, 07:56 PM   #2
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I saw this on tonight's news, and it made me so sad. I hope that help is on the way.
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BLS,

Don't you have some deer your could donate?
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Yeah really

I don't mean to sound like an animal 'racist' though, they are all God's creatures and I don't hate deer in general, I just hate what they do to my cars
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I know Beth.

I just thought some good could come from your Mich. mishaps.

I have never driver in deer country.
Maybe you could drive a bit slower with your high bearms on.
I am sure these deer come out of nowhere, though.
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deep is funny.
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We are going to try getting one of those deer whistles, they claim that they will pay your deductible if you hit a deer while using it
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That's really horrible. I love animals, I hope they're able to get food to them soon.
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This is unfortunate. I hope they can get some food for these animals from Kuwait or wherever.
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That is so incredibly sad Those poor poor animals..

And I worry about the ones that were stolen too. Who knows how they're being treated??
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I've heared of some animal-rights organisations here who prepared for that situation even before the war.
It's sad that they got really rude words to hear (how can you care about these *** animals as long as there are humans suffering down there) but i really hope they get access to the animals as fast as possible.

A sad story anarchy and chaos makes so many people and animals suffer down there more than i can imagine .

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I did read (BBC's webpage, I think) that Kuwait had sent some help. Talk about innocent victims....

Anyway, wanted to pass along the encouragement

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How awful. I hope the food got there ok. Thanks SD.
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War affects more than we think...
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Very sad...
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It is so sad...those poor, poor animals.

Death stalks inhabitants at Baghdad's zoo


OLIVIA WARD

The good news is that Mendouh, my bad-tempered tiger, has survived the war in Iraq. Mendouh's plight, as one of many animals who lacked proper food and medicine in the Baghdad zoo under economic sanctions, attracted the attention of a number of readers three years ago, when I wrote of my attempts to bring him badly-needed vaccine.

They included a class of Toronto students, who saved up money to help pay for his care, and kept him in vitamins for months.

With the daily human toll in Iraq during the war, I had little time to think of Mendouh's fate.

But to my delight and consternation yesterday, I saw him on a fleeting television news clip, lying on the floor of his cage, alive but apparently too weak to get up and roar at the reporter, as he did at me on my last visit.

His obvious debilitation is the bad news.

But worse is that Dr Hisham Mohammed Hussein, the zoo's weary chief veterinarian, was right when he warned that most of his other exotic animals, once the core of a collection envied throughout the Arab world, would not be able to survive more warfare after years of economic sanctions.

Mendouh, an enormous set of teeth around which a tiger was arranged - and his next door cage neighbor Malouh - were Hussein's pride and joy when I visited the zoo at the end of the last American-led bombing of Baghdad in 1998.

In return for an unsanctioned interview, Hussein made me promise that I would bring some vaccine for the two giant beasts on my next trip to Iraq, to ward off a deadly flu-like virus that annually attacked his malnourished charges.

Both tigers had lost their mates to treatable diseases that Hussein wasn't equipped to cure, and the vet was determined not to lose them. Like Iraq's human residents, its zoo population had suffered a sharp decline in medical care and quality of life since the Gulf War, and ongoing sanctions.

The plunge of the zoo's fortunes was dramatic.

During the first decades of Ba'ath Party rule, in the 1970s and 80s, the socialist government was anxious to provide public entertainment for Iraqis. They were also eager to take the scientific lead in the Mideast, and collecting animals from Africa, Asia and the Arab countries was part of a campaign to boost education as well as recreation.

The Baghdad zoo was then a lush, sprawling oasis shaded by rows of palm trees, its grass kept green by irrigation despite the harsh desert climate. With an adequate budget, the zoo was able to attract a skilled staff and keep the animals well fed, healthy and clean.

But the Gulf War bombs shattered their security, and Hussein found himself treating unaccustomed emotional as well as physical trauma. Although the zoo received no direct hits, the nightly explosions terrified the animals.

Some of the monkeys, trying to escape by climbing high in their cages, fell and broke bones. Large animals lost their appetites and refused food. Exotic birds died of fright.

After the war, the remaining animals survived on a subsistence diet that mirrored those of the Iraqi people. For both, nourishing fruit, vegetables and protein were mostly beyond their reach.

Then came the 1998 Operation Desert Fox, a short bombing campaign aimed at punishing Saddam Hussein for failing to co-operate with U.N. weapons inspectors. That too took its toll on the zoo animals.

But as with humans, the worst long-term effect was from sanctions. Staff members, including Hussein, did their best to care for the animals, sometimes spending their own scant salaries to buy them food and medicine.

Melouh, Mendouh's companion, died a year after I delivered the vaccine, of the virus the veterinarian feared. By 2000, 80 per cent of the zoo's wild animals were dead.

Now luck has run out for all of them. Like most of Baghdad, the zoo has no food, water or electricity. And according to the television reporter who surveyed the scene with dismay, there are few animals left to worry about.

The farm animals zookeepers increasingly used to fill empty cages had been looted, possibly for food. And the exotic animals, as Hussein predicted, may have died of "shock and awe," not realizing they were about to be "liberated."

Among them was a gift of Saddam's brutal younger son, Uday: a rare ocelot that threw itself frenetically at the walls of its cage after the Desert Fox bombing.

Uday was said to have later presented the zoo with some castoff lions from his home collection.

U.S. troops yesterday arrived with fresh food and water for the starving zoo survivors, among them, the lions and Mendouh. But a glance at the distraught face of the zookeeper made it clear that it may be too little and too late.
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Although the zoo received no direct hits, the nightly explosions terrified the animals.

Some of the monkeys, trying to escape by climbing high in their cages, fell and broke bones. Large animals lost their appetites and refused food. Exotic birds died of fright.


I never even thought about them having this kind of reaction but it definitely makes sense

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U.S. troops yesterday arrived with fresh food and water for the starving zoo survivors, among them, the lions and Mendouh. But a glance at the distraught face of the zookeeper made it clear that it may be too little and too late.
I really hope it's not too late - when their body fat gets low enough, they can hit a point of no return where they will absolutely die, even if you get food to them before they do die
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I'm sad that this had to happen to these animals.
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