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Litter of lion cubs freeze to death two hours after they were born at Gaza Strip zoo 


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A litter of four lion cubs froze to death just hours after being born at a dilapidated zoo in Gaza.  

Fathi Jumaa, the owner of the zoo, said he covered the cage of the tiny cubs with blankets ahead of a winter storm, but found them dead the next morning at the small zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

He said that two lions died almost immediately so he took another two home with him to care for them but they died upon returning to the zoo.  

A litter of four lion cubs froze to death just hours after being born at a dilapidated zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah

Most of the animals in the zoo were smuggled into Gaza from Egypt via underground tunnels a few years ago, before the Egyptian military destroyed the tunnels running beneath the border.

The wintry weather sweeping the region has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care.

Jumaa said that the weather, the ‘coldest winter for years’ according to residents, is partly to blame for the death of the cubs, as well as a long standing Israeli blockade. 

‘We could not secure the necessary food supplements, medicines and antibiotics to save the lives of the cubs. We do not have enough money and the blockade is exacerbating the situation,’ the zoo manager told Middle East Eye. 

Fathi Jumaa, the owner of the zoo, said he covered the cage of the tiny cubs with blankets ahead of a winter storm, but found them dead the next morning at the small zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. A lioness is seen in its enclosure at the zoo

Fathi Jumaa, the owner of the zoo, said he covered the cage of the tiny cubs with blankets ahead of a winter storm, but found them dead the next morning at the small zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. A lioness is seen in its enclosure at the zoo

In a previous interview, the owners of the zoo revealed that these  taxidermied animals had died because they could not afford to feed them

In a previous interview, the owners of the zoo revealed that these  taxidermied animals had died because they could not afford to feed them

He added that because of the 12-year blockade, his zoo have been unable to obtain heating systems or plastic rain protection.

He added that the cubs’ mother is also at risk now, because of the complimented political and climate mixture. 

‘We may also lose the lioness, which recently gave birth and whose poor health has been worsening over the past few days,’ he said. 

In 2016, animals – including a Bengal tiger – were evacuated from the ‘world’s worst zoo’ in the south of the Gaza strip because they were dying from ‘stress, disease, and starvation’, according to their owner.

International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions in recent years to relocate animals and birds in poor condition to sanctuaries outside Gaza.

Palestinians are seen using a shovel to dig a grave for the dead lion cubs, which are pictured on a wooden table. They died in the cold weather after a storm in a zoo at Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza Strip

Palestinians are seen using a shovel to dig a grave for the dead lion cubs, which are pictured on a wooden table. They died in the cold weather after a storm in a zoo at Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza Strip

The man is seen placing the dead lion cub bodies together in a cardboard box, as people at the zoo in the Rafah refugee camp gather round and watch on

The man is seen placing the dead lion cub bodies together in a cardboard box, as people at the zoo in the Rafah refugee camp gather round and watch on

A man is seen burying the bodies of the four newly born lion cubs. The zoo owner said that two lions died almost immediately so he took another two home with him to care for them but they died upon returning to the zoo

A man is seen burying the bodies of the four newly born lion cubs. The zoo owner said that two lions died almost immediately so he took another two home with him to care for them but they died upon returning to the zoo

Children watch on as a hole is buried for the dead lion cubs. The wintry weather sweeping the region has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

Children watch on as a hole is buried for the dead lion cubs. The wintry weather sweeping the region has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

The bodies of the cubs are pictured together. Most of the animals in the zoo were smuggled into Gaza from Egypt via underground tunnels a few years ago, before the Egyptian military destroyed the tunnels running beneath the border

The bodies of the cubs are pictured together. Most of the animals in the zoo were smuggled into Gaza from Egypt via underground tunnels a few years ago, before the Egyptian military destroyed the tunnels running beneath the border

The owner of zoo in the Gaza Strip has offered up three lion cubs for sale in the past, saying that he can no longer afford to feed them 

The owner of zoo in the Gaza Strip has offered up three lion cubs for sale in the past, saying that he can no longer afford to feed them 

Lions are seen at a park in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on January 4, 2017. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions in recent years

Lions are seen at a park in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on January 4, 2017. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions in recent years

The zoo owner holds two-month-old lion cubs at a zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah in December 2017

The zoo owner holds two-month-old lion cubs at a zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah in December 2017

The zoo owner holds two-month-old lion cubs at a zoo in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah in December 2017. This week, four new-born cubs died just hours after they were born

A Palestinian man looks at a lion at the zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 4, 2017. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions in recent years to relocate animals and birds in poor condition to sanctuaries outside Gaza

A Palestinian man looks at a lion at the zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 4, 2017. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions in recent years to relocate animals and birds in poor condition to sanctuaries outside Gaza

Palestinian girl looks at a deer at a park in the southern Gaza Strip two years ago. The wintry weather sweeping the region in recent days has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

Palestinian girl looks at a deer at a park in the southern Gaza Strip two years ago. The wintry weather sweeping the region in recent days has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

A Palestinian man looks to ostriches at the zoo. The wintry weather sweeping the region has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

A Palestinian man looks to ostriches at the zoo. The wintry weather sweeping the region has made it especially hard for animals that lack proper care

A man and with parrots smuggled  into the zoo through Egypt. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions on failing zoos in recent years

A man and with parrots smuggled into the zoo through Egypt. International animal care groups have carried out several evacuation missions on failing zoos in recent years

 

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