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Thursday 8 December 2016

Animals rescued from 'worst zoo in world' in Gaza Strip

Published 19/08/2016 | 17:21

A monkey sits inside a metal cage in a zoo in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip (AP)
A monkey sits inside a metal cage in a zoo in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip (AP)

An international charity is rescuing animals from Gaza Strip's main zoo, which it has dubbed "the worst in the world", and transferring them to better lives abroad.

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Zoo owner Mohammad Eweda said the animals are being "donated" because the zoo does not "have the ability to give them anything".

In the past, his zoo turned to taxidermy to keep its deceased animals on exhibit while another zoo in the Strip painted stripes on donkeys to try to make them look like zebras.

The Four Paws charity said tortoises, an emu and other animals will be taken to a rescue centre in Jordan and the zoo's single tiger will go to a sanctuary in South Africa.

The zoo is now closed.

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