While the war in Iraq has raged on, many of it’s surroundings have suffered, including the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo which has been transformed into a battleground.

The zoo was no longer a priority and the animals were only being fed by local people who could barely feed themselves.

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Eventually many of the local people had fled the area to save their own lives, leaving the animals to fend for themselves.

Obviously this was a recipe for disaster. Eventually most of the animals living in the zoo died of starvation or were killed – however one lion and one bear had managed to survive.

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Today Lula and Simba are finally safe.

Back in February a team from Four Paws International arrived at the zoo in Eastern Mosul and were heartbroken at the disastrous state it had been left in.