Lions And Zoos

Lions and tigers driven from Ukraine to safety in Polish zoo

WARSAW, March 3 (Reuters) – A truck carrying six lions, six tigers, two caracals and a wild dog from a sanctuary east of Kiev reached Poland on Thursday after a two-day drive to escape a Russian invasion, said a Polish zoo official. noted.

The owner of the sanctuary had requested help from Poznan Zoo in western Poland to get the animals to safety.

“They had to make a long detour to avoid Zhytomyr and other bombing areas. They had to turn around several times, because all the roads were blown up, full of holes, impossible to pass with such a cargo, it is why it took so long a long time,” Poznan Zoo spokeswoman Malgorzata Chodyla said.

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“But they are there, and we just can’t believe it.”

A first attempt to make the trip failed after the truck encountered Russian tanks and was unable to pass.

Chodyla said all the animals, including the baby tigers, survived the long journey, but the zoo was worried about a 17-year-old tigress who looked very tired.

Helping the driver were three elderly men with no experience handling wild animals who have now returned to Kiev to defend their city, she said.

After the animals have rested in Poznan, they can travel further west. A Belgian sanctuary said it would host the six lions and the wild dog, Chodyla added.

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Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; edited by Alexandra Hudson

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