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Inexperienced Gaza Zoo May Be To Blame For Lion Cubs' Death

Last week, news broke that twin lion cubs were born in war-torn Gaza after their parents were smuggled into the country through tunnels under the border with Egypt four years ago. Even the Israeli Haaretz newspaper ran a story headlined: "Mazal tov: Lion cubs born in Gaza!" But news broke Thursday that the pair have died, and questions are being raised about the quality of their care. ABC News reports:


But after just a few days, the lion cubs – one male and one female – have died, the director of the Bissan Zoo confirmed to ABC news today. The exact cause of death is not yet known. Some speculated that the cubs caught something from all the visitors that had come to see them, while others blamed the generally highly polluted nature of one of the most densely populated places on earth.

But after just a few days, the lion cubs – one male and one female – have died, the director of the Bissan Zoo confirmed to ABC news today. The exact cause of death is not yet known. Some speculated that the cubs caught something from all the visitors that had come to see them, while others blamed the generally highly polluted nature of one of the most densely populated places on earth.


According to The AP, Mohammad Abdel-Rahman, the acting manager of the Beit Lahiya zoo in northern Gaza, said that the zoo's staff was "unable to save them because they lacked experience in caring for newborn cubs." The AP also noted that Gaza zoos have a spotty record for animal welfare.