A Pakistani zoo that drew worldwide condemnation for its remedy of “the world’s loneliest elephant” has lastly closed.
The Marghazar Zoo was shuttered for good on Wednesday after its final two remaining occupants — Himalayan bears named Bubloo and Suzie — had been flown to a sanctuary in Jordan, in keeping with AFP.
“The Islamabad zoo is now utterly closed for each public and officers,” Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of local weather change advised AFP.
The transfer was facilitated by 4 Paws Worldwide, the identical group that helped relocate long-suffering elephant Kaavan to a wildlife sanctuary in November.
The plight of Kaavan — an overweight bull who languished alone in dire circumstances for eight years following the demise of his associate — shined a highlight on the shoddy circumstances on the zoo, with a choose ordering all of its animals to be moved in Could.
That order couldn’t save all the wildlife; two lions died throughout their relocation, when zookeepers tried to pry them from their pen by setting ablaze piles of hay. And an ostrich additionally perished whereas being moved, in keeping with the report.
Bubloo and Suzie, former dancing bears, weren’t in good well being after they departed — Suzie has no tooth and needed to bear emergency surgical procedure for a tumor.
Kaavan has now misplaced weight, and made buddies with one other elephant in Cambodia.
The Marghazar Zoo’s 1,000 acres of land will now be a wildlife conservation heart.
With Submit wires