2017-02-23 18:49:00
When Iraqi troops reached the zoo in the eastern half of Mosul earlier this month they found only the bear and the lion, both filthy and emaciated and in urgent need of care. Treatment finally arrived this week when Dr Amir Khalil, who describes himself as a “roving war zone veterinarian” reached the zoo with a team of volunteers from the global animal charity Four Paws. “It is, I believe, inhuman to leave the king of the jungle, or the king of the animals, to be in this place," Dr Khalil told AFP as he stood outside the lion’s cage.