Earlier this month, we shared the story of two animals have been surviving on their own for months in war-torn Mosul, Iraq. The animals are one lion and one bear, both captives of the Mosul Zoo, now under ISIS rule. The zoo was turned into a staging ground for ISIS and as a result, all but the one lion and bear had been killed, starved to death or escaped or even sold.
Thankfully, many have stepped in to help the abandoned animals. The Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights group, for example, stepped in, passing through five security checkpoints in order to bring the starving animals food and water. Residents have also banded together to feed the animals, offering what little they can.
And now we have more hope to share: just this week, q. Four Paws (based in Vienna, Austria), sends aid workers worldwide to rescue bears, big cats and stray animals. Four Paws has noted that they are looking into the possibility of continuing future treatment for the lion and the bear.
We are truly in awe watching the above video of the Four Paws rapid response team going above and beyond for these two animals. Please share this post with your friends and family to show them that there is still good in the world!