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Following the dam blast in Ukraine triggered a flood that claimed an unexpected victim – the beloved Kazkova Dibrova zoo. Home to an array of wildlife, including monkeys, donkeys, and horses, this vibrant oasis was transformed overnight into a devastating aquatic grave for approximately 300 animals.

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The zoo, nestled along the bank of the Dnipro River in Russian-occupied Kherson, couldn’t escape the fate dictated by the floodwaters. The park is now entirely submerged, with only a few swans and ducks appearing as solemn survivors amidst this catastrophic loss.

One particularly heartrending aspect of this story is the zoo staff’s valiant effort to save their charges. Even under fire, two dedicated workers risked their lives daily to feed the stranded animals. However, due to the area being mined, evacuation was impossible, leaving the animals helpless in the face of rising waters.

This tragedy has reverberated across the globe, thanks to the power of social media. Images and videos of the flooded zoo and its once vibrant inhabitants circulated, sparking a wave of empathy and concern. Despite the outcry and the ongoing conflict, local authorities belonging to the occupied region, Nova Kakhovka, reportedly did nothing to assist in animal rescue efforts.

Presently, the water level continues to rise, prompting evacuation measures for civilians from adjacent zones. Despite this, local resident Yevheniya insists on staying put to care for her 95-year-old grandmother, a Second World War veteran. This sentiment underscores the resilience of the human spirit amidst tragedy and loss.

While we cannot control geopolitical tensions or natural disasters, we can advocate for the well-being of animals everywhere. We can Support organizations committed to animal safety and welfare, volunteer our time, or consider adopting pets from local shelters.

So many innocent lives have been lost, countless volunteers are helping to rescue animals all over the country, and many people are staying behind to help feed hundreds of refugees every day. The impact of the Russian invasion has been devastating for the environment and the global food supply and has even caused mass animal deaths like these dolphins in the Black Sea. Activists all around the world are standing for the people of Ukraine and demanding an end to this war. Sign this petition to stand with Ukraine and check out 10 Ways to Help People and Animals in Ukraine!

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