The owner of a private zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip has put three lion cubs up for sale, saying he can no longer afford to feed them.
Mohammad Ahmad Jumaa took to social media to advertise the animals at 3,500 Jordanian dinars (US$5,000) each.
“Because of the bad economic situation and the difficulty of finding food and drink (for the animals), I was forced to put up for sale three cubs born around a month ago,” he said.
This zoo in Gaza has put three lion cubs up for sale. The owner fears he won't be able to afford to feed them as they grow. pic.twitter.com/xeU2KnWa95
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Jumaa, who has owned the animal park in Rafah on the border with Egypt for 23 years, said feeding his animals costs around US$345 a month.
He had named the cubs Palestine, Al-Quds (Jerusalem in Arabic), and Erdogan (after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan).
He had received calls about the advert on Facebook but had not so far sold any of the cubs.
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In 2016, a tiger, two turtles, two eagles, two porcupines, a pelican, an emu and a deer were transferred from a dilapidated Gaza zoo to new homes in South Africa, Jordan and Israel.
(teleSUR, PC, Social Media)