FOUR PAWS rapid response team has been able to provide food and urgent veterinary care to a bear and a lion, the last animals of Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in Eastern Mosul, Iraq.

For the past three months, the zoo was on the front line of an armed conflict between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq army. The zoo was nearly destroyed and most of its animals including a lioness, monkeys and rabbits sadly died of starvation or killed.

We are the first animal welfare organisation that received permission to enter the city of Mosul.

Our team, led by Dr. Amir Khalil entered the ravaged city of Mosul on early Tuesday morning to find the zoo and its exhausted inhabitants in a disastrous state. Although alive, both animals look miserable and suffer from many diseases caused by malnutrition and lack of veterinary care. In addition to suffering from dental issues, the bear has pneumonia and the lion joint problems.

Accompanied by local volunteers, we were able to provide the animals with food and first aid. We also managed to clean the cages, littered with debris from the attacks, for the first time in three months. 

Food and medicine will be distributed for the next four weeks with the help of local volunteers. The health condition of the animals is still far from good, but provided care should help them to overcome the hardest time and support their recovery.

But we need your help.
We can provide food for the next four weeks, but we simply cannot sustain emergency missions like this without the support of people like you. Will you help us? Your donation could help our fund our vital work with animals in Iraq and around the world.