- Title: IRAQ: Veterinarian at Baghdad zoo appeals for help to feed animals held there
- Date: 17th April 2003
- Summary: (L!3) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (APRIL 17) (REUTERS) GV ZOO ENTRANCE SV BAGHDAD ZOO SIGN BOARD WATER CANAL INSIDE ZOO SV MAN CARRYING CABINET SV MAN WITH DEAD BIRD TO BE GIVEN TO ANIMALS FOR FOOD TWO BOYS LOOKING AT TURTLE PEOPLE LOOKING INTO CAGE, BOY WHISTLING VARIOUS OF LIONS INSIDE CAGE SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) HASHAM MOHAMED HUSSEIN BAGHDAD ZOO VETERINARY SAYING: "A lot of animals have been stolen from the zoo -- except the wild animals who now need food. They have not eaten anything for over 10 days. We asked the relevant authorities to help us protect these animals and keep them from dying and if they don't get this help they will die. All of us here in the zoo have been trying lately to buy meat for these animals by our own means." VARIOUS OF LION IN CAGE DAMAGED PAVEMENT TIGER (BELIEVED TO HAVE BELONGED TO SADDAM HUSSEIN'S SON UDAY) MORE OF LIONS
- Embargoed: 2nd May 2003 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAD1TXYP99IW8VV7MELVQR61PZE
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- Story Text: A veterinarian at the zoo in Baghdad is appealing for help to feed animals which have not eaten any food since the war began in Iraq.
Tigers and lions at Baghdad zoo which have not been killed by bombing or by looters and hooligans have not had anything to eat for three weeks.
When visited on Thursday (April 17), they appeared to be in relatively good health but seemed lethargic and thin.
The U.S. led coalition forces bombed the zoo during the war because there was an Iraqi military presence there.
After the war, looters came and killed some of the animals and took others to eat. Remaining animals include lions and a tiger which is believed to have belonged to Uday, the son of the deposed Iraq leader Saddam Hussein.
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