- Title: IRAQ: BAGHDAD ZOO ACQUIRES LIONS WHICH ONCE BELONGED TO UDAY HUSSEIN
- Date: 25th July 2004
- Summary: (W5) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JULY 25, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF U.S. HUMVEES OUTSIDE GATE OF BAGHDAD ZOO 0.03 2. VARIOUS U.S. SOLDIER BEHIND MOUNTED MACHINE-GUN ON TOP OF HUMVEE OPPOSITE TO SIGN READING BAGHDAD ZOO 0.14 3. SLV U.S SOLDIERS AND BRENDAN WHITTINGTON-JONES OPERATIONS MANAGER OF ZOO NEAR CAGE/ SOLDIERS LOOKING INTO CAGE 0.21 4. SLV TWO CUBS INSIDE CAGE 0.27 5. VARIOUS OF ADULT LION AND TWO CUBS INSIDE CAGE 0.36 6. CLOSE OF LION WITH OPEN MOUTH 0.41 7. VARIOUS OF ADULT LIONS INSIDE CAGE 0.47 8. VARIOUS OF LIONS AND CUBS 1.05 9. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITTINGTON-JONES, SAYING: "These nine lions have been left at a palace that belonged to Uday before, and during the war they were three and then six have been born in April last year. So we have just moved them today across here to get decent area. First Cavalry Unit have put the funds to build this area and we put them in place where we can manage them properly, we know that they need a daily proper treatment." 1.26 10. VARIOUS OF LIONS INSIDE CAGE 1.39 11. VARIOUS OF U.S. SOLDIER LOOKING AT LION IN CAGE 1.48 12. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) WASSEM SALEH AMIN, VETERINARIAN AT THE ZOO, SAYING: "These lions come from the palace of Uday. They are nine lions and their health is very, very good because at the time we take care of them and every day we are responsible for feeding them and transport the meat and reach the palace there." 2.08 13. CLOSE OF LIONS INSIDE CAGE 2.15 14. WIDE OF U.S. SOLDIERS LEAVING ZOO 2.23 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th August 2004 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA52TYQV41DP68IQSDHDCVHMF0L
- Story Text: Baghdad zoo has taken in three adult lions and six
cubs that once belonged to Saddam Hussein's son Uday.
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The Baghdad Zoo on Sunday (July 25) enlarged its
animal population with three adult lions and six cubs,
brought in from cages still remaining inside one of the
palaces formerly inhabited by Saddam Hussein's son Uday.
Under the watch of a dozen armed soldiers, the animals
were moved from the fenced compound in Uday's section of
his father's Baghdad palace to their new home.
"These nine lions have been left at a palace that
belonged to Uday before and during the war they were three
and then six have been born in April last year. So we have
just moved them today across here to get decent area," said
Brendan Whittington-Jones, the operations manager of the
Whittington-Jones has been managing the zoo for the
past fourteen months, playing a key role in rebuilding the
The zoo reopened a year ago in a wave of publicity,
after being bombed during the U.S.-led war that ousted
Saddam in April 2003.
Once the largest zoo in the Middle East, only 80
animals remained after the war. Many were killed by the
bombings, carried off by looters or eaten by Iraqis.
The zoo's population has increased to 100 animals
spread across the vast park. It hosts ten lions, a tiger,
two bears, a camel, some ostriches and two cheetahs that
once belonged to Uday, who was said to hold big cats as a
symbol of his manhood. Some of the animals had been gifts
received from friendly foreign governments.
Wassem Saleh Amin, a veterinarian at the zoo said the
lions were in good health and well fed.
"These lions come from the palace of Uday they are nine
lions and their health is very, very good because at the
time we take care of them and every day we are responsible
for feeding them and transport the meat and reach the
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