05 Jan '12, 12am

Tripoli Zoo Animals Recovering After War | Care2 Causes

Tripoli Zoo Animals Recovering After War | Care2 Causes

The Tripoli Zoo in Libya had already been closed for some time for renovations when the Libya uprising that would lead to the overthrow of Muammar el-Gaddafi broke out at the start of 2011. The animals in the zoo, which was located near the late Libyan dictator’s Bab al-Aziziya compound — and therefore near some of the heaviest fighting — were simply left where they were as Gaddafi supporters and the rebels who have now become part of the interim government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), clashed in the streets. Missiles were fired over the zoo grounds and Kalashnikovs strafed the mammal house; the hippos’ enclosure was hit by a NATO rocket which, fortunately, did not explode. Fifteen zoo staff managed to feed and water the animals, who otherwise might have died after three or four days.

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