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The escalating conflict in Ukraine has brought a unique challenge for the Kyiv Zoo. As Russia intensifies its missile strikes, the zoo’s inhabitants are showing signs of distress. To combat this, the zoo’s dedicated staff has started administering anti-depressants to the animals, a surprising but necessary measure amidst these turbulent times.
Last Tuesday, a Russian rocket strike landed nearby the zoo. The explosion was perilously close to the vultures’ and raccoons’ enclosures, yet thankfully no animals or humans were injured. Kirill Trantin, the zoo’s director, told The Guardian that although the animals appeared calm, they would be given medication if they exhibited signs of depression.
This unusual decision highlights the lengths to which the zoo’s staff is going to ensure the well-being of its nearly 4,000 residents, representing 200 species. Veterinarians are vigilantly monitoring the animals’ emotional state and providing comfort as needed. Some staff members have even moved into the premises to maintain a closer watch on the animals amidst the ongoing conflict.
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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