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Gaza zoos rally to save newborn cubs

In the past, cubs have been eaten by starving lionesses.
Employees present three newborn lion cubs at Nama Zoo in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Aug. 12, 2022.

The owners of Nama Zoo in the north of Gaza City, home to wild animals and predatory birds, are deploying unremitting efforts to protect and keep alive three cubs that a lioness gave birth to Aug. 12.

The latest efforts come in the wake of several successful attempts to protect cubs in the past, amid the owners’ lack of expertise in handling such cases. Also, lionesses in captivity are starving amid the difficulty of securing food in the besieged enclave, which is leading lionesses to devour their cubs shortly after giving birth to them.

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