Lions are starving to death at filth-ridden zoo in war-torn Yemen


Staring from behind rusted bars in a dirty cage, these are the three lions who are ‘close to death’ after being reduced to skin and bone in the middle of war-torn Yemen.

The lives of the animals are hanging by a thread after campaigners said food supplies at Sana’a Zoo are so scarce that the lions are being fed just once a week as the staff are unable to afford more as the civil war rages on.

The three lions, named Ward, Frence and Moklees, are in a critical condition and are among scores of other animals at the zoo living in squalid conditions.

Video footage and photographs of the starving lions show how feeble they are and you can hear their cries of hunger.

Their cages have not been cleaned and are so dirty that the lions now have skin conditions such as mange, which is caused by mites, and bacteria infections.


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