Gaza zoo monkeys killed in Israeli strikes

Cape Town – A zoo in northern Gaza is suffering collateral damage after Israeli strikes left several monkeys dead, with many of the surviving animals facing starvation.

CNN reports that eight to 10 monkeys were killed and describes the scene of a baboon desperately picking at the floor for bits of seeds, with the carcass of its mate and five offspring nearby, decomposing in the day’s heat.

The carcasses of the monkeys were scattered across scorched grass between the pens and a crocodile lounged in the hot sun with barely any water in its enclosure, according to the report.

The zoo forms a 2.5 acre part of the Al-Bisan recreational park in Jabalya, northern Gaza.

Zookeeper Wasef Hamad told Al Jazeera the area experienced frequent Israeli bombings. According to Hamad more than half the animals have been killed, with most being hit by shrapnel, and some birds dying of thirst.

There are conflicting reports on which animals were killed. According to Al Jazeera seven monkeys, two ostriches, a deer, a llama, two storks, some porcupines, and eight eagles were killed.

The CNN reported the deaths of 10 monkeys, a peacock, a gazelle, a lion, and a fox.

The surviving animals now face starvation and disease risks in the aftermath of the strikes.

- News24
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Deeked De Dose 2014-08-19 11:38:39 AM
OK, I understand that the Israelis may have killed a few animals, but whose fault is it that the animals are not give food and water?
Cyberfriend 2014-08-19 11:54:09 AM
Israel fault
Tyrone Kleiner 2014-08-19 12:00:40 PM
W.T.F. Kill each other , the animals are innocent !!!!
Andrew Salies 2014-08-19 12:15:24 PM
What they dont say is that Hamas used the Zoo to shoot rockets from and they knew that Isreal can tract from where the rockets came from. Nice move Hamjas to let the world know that Isreal is the bad ones.
Bianca Gautier 2014-08-19 12:15:31 PM
Why is nobody doing anything about this?
Tanya Fenwick 2014-08-19 12:32:08 PM
It is a very well known fact that Hamas uses these areas (schools, hospitals, residential areas) to launch their missiles. They do this knowing that when Israel returns fire, there will be loss of life, be it animal or human. Are the Israeli's supposed to accept the missiles without defending herself because Hamas hide behind animals, children and women?
Tian Nel 2014-08-19 12:40:33 PM
Israel has the right to defends itself.Israel doesnt occupy that land they own it given to them by the God of abraham,isaac and jacob.
Verity 2014-08-19 02:20:56 PM
What! They have zoos in concentration camps! That is the last time I believe anything from Pallywood.