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Rapid Response Iraq



FOUR PAWS brings hope to the last wild animals of a city ravaged by war

FOUR PAWS rapid response team has been able to provide food  and urgent veterinary care to a bear and a lion, the last animals of Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in Eastern Mosul, Iraq. For last three months the zoo was on a front line of an armed conflict between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq army. The zoo was nearly destroyed and most of its animals including a lioness, monkeys and rabbits were killed or died of starvation.


FOUR PAWS is the first animal welfare organisation that got a permission to enter the city of Mosul

FOUR PAWS’ team headed by Dr. Amir Khalil entered the ravaged city of Mosul on early Tuesday morning to find the zoo and its exhausted inhabitants in a disastrous state. Although alive both animals look miserable and suffer from many diseases caused by malnutrition and lack of veterinary care. Both the bear and the lion have very bad teeth, in addition the bear suffers from pneumonia and the lion has ill joints. Their cages were polluted with debris. FOUR PAWS accompanied by local volunteers provided the animals with food and first aid. The cages were cleaned up, first time in three months. We are happy that we managed to provide the bear and the lion with the urgently needed help.


Food and medicine for the next four weeks

The food will be distributed with the help of local volunteers. Health condition of the animals is still far from good, but provided care should help them to overcome the hardest time and hopefully they will recover.