The cubs received a sad goodbye from their owner, who had raised them since they were babies. "It was very hard for the father of the family, who bought the lion cubs from Rafah Zoo in March, to say goodbye," Khalil said. "But we are very happy that he finally sees reason."
And then they set off, though the journey wasn't an easy one. Rescuers originally planned to leave on Friday, but the border to Israel was unexpectedly closed and they had to negotiate with Hamas to be able to return to Gaza. On Sunday, they were finally permitted to leave, and traveled through Israel to Jordan.