Friday 24 January 2020

Gaza zoo puts stuffed animals on display

Two 'Gaza-made zebras', donkeys painted with stripes, stand in a cage at the 'Happy Land Zoo' just outside Gaza City. Photo: Getty Images
Two 'Gaza-made zebras', donkeys painted with stripes, stand in a cage at the 'Happy Land Zoo' just outside Gaza City. Photo: Getty Images

Phoebe Greenwood in Tel Aviv

AN impoverished Palestinian zoo has resorted to stuffing animals and putting them on display alongside living creatures.

A mangy lion that starved to death, a monkey missing an eye and a porcupine left with a hole in its head from a botched mummification attempt, are among 10 animals so far embalmed at the Khan Yunis Zoo.

The park's owner Mohamed Awaida, who has no veterinary training, said he had been left with no option after hunger, disease and neglect decimated the zoo's population, and he lacked funds to replace them.

"The idea to mummify animals started after the Gaza war because a number of animals like the lion, tiger, the crocodiles and monkeys died," Mr Awaida said.

The dead animals are kept near the living, which include an ostrich, a tiger and deer, all in makeshift cages. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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