A photo being widely shared on social media claims to show lions starving to death in Baghdad Zoo. Yalla reached out to a source in the media department for the Mayoralty of Baghdad who confirmed that the images were not taken in Zawra Park.
Two social media postings claiming the starving animals are in Baghdad Zoo.
It appears that the photos come from an establishment in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz, taken around the start of the month. A news agency in South Africa claims that charity Four Paws International is aware of the situation, but spokesperson Drew Abrahamson said there is little hope of being able to rescue the lions at the moment. “At this point all we are thinking about is to be able to get in to assess the situation. Start feeding and medicating where necessary. Only once that’s done will thoughts about relocation take place.”
One lion has reportedly died.