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Zoos, Circuses, Safaris... A Gallery of Captivity

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Marjan last lion of Afganistan





He was the last Afghanistan's lion, Marjan. Born in 1976, he was sent to Kabul in 1978, as a gift from Germany. At the end of soviet occupation, in 1989, Afghanistan entered a period of civil war that lasted until 1992. Kabul plunged into chaos. Its zoo was in the middle of battlefield. It was bombed several times and lost its nursing station. In 1995, a soldier entered lion enclosure to show his bravery, and stroke Chucha, Marjan's lioness. Starving, Marjan attacked and killed him. The following day soldier's brother threw a grenade at lion's face. Marjan lost his sight, his hearing and a part of his jaw. The soldier's brother was murdered a week later.
In 1996, Taliban invaded Kabul and left the zoo abandoned. The zoo's employees who no longer received a salary begged for money to feed the animals. But many of animals died and some were even killed and eaten by starving population. Twenty-six years earlier, the zoo was home to 417 animals. But in 1998, only 19 were still alive, including the lions. People regularly threw stones at them.
When the Americans took over Kabul in November 2001, after six weeks of bombing, Marjan was Afghanistan's last lion. That's when the world discovered his story. He received veterinary care for the first time in years. Unfortunately he died several weeks later, in January 2002. Turned into a symbol of Kabul's suffering, a memorial was created in his honor inside the zoo.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjan_(lion)
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@Nyers : I remember having read the Marjan's story after its death.Deeply moving...

But what about the animals in the zoos in Irak when the american soldiers invaded the country ? Marjan became a symbol after the russian army departure. Are there other animals becoming famous in other destroyed countries ?
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@Nyers :Marjan got older under the Russian army occupation, bruised because of the soldiers' and Talibans' barbary and died just after the American GIs' arrival. We can admit this lion was destined to espouse/to fit (I don't know to choose the right word) the funest tragedy of Kabul. In these conditions 25 years anyway !

An other interesting link:

http://www.lionlamb.us/lion/marjan.html

Several photos are linked to it...
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This is an interesting interaction.. Chimpanzees attacking a racoon in a zoo..





And I think this is continuation of above video.. though not sure



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(09-23-2018, 11:31 AM)sanjay Wrote: This is an interesting interaction.. Chimpanzees attacking a racoon in a zoo..





And I think this is continuation of above video.. though not sure



Chimps are not playing with it they really wanted to kill the Raccon
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@epaiva :

Agree with you, the chimps wanted really to kill the raccon. It isn't a play, chimps are very aggressiv and cruel animals able to practice the cannibalism:






So, you think a raccon....
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( This post was last modified: 10-08-2018, 10:54 AM by Rishi )

19-year-old Asiatic lion who sired 26 cubs dies

Atul was born in Hyderabad zoo in 1999 and died this Thursday on 5th October, 2018.

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Zoo curator in a press release said that his 26 cubs have been sent to different zoos such as Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (Visakhapatnam,) Rajkot Zoo (Gujarat,) Alipore Zoological Park (Kolkata,) National Zoological Park (New Delhi,) Dvur Kralove Zoo (Czech Republic) and many more across the world.

Officials of Nehru Zoological Park noted last week that Atul was not having feed, and was unable to walk. Veterinary doctors kept it under observation but weren't able to save him.
"Everything not saved will be lost."

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@Rishi :

About #1321: It was looking wonderful this 19-year-old lion... Unless this photo was taken a long time before its death.
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( This post was last modified: 10-08-2018, 12:11 PM by Rishi )

(10-08-2018, 10:50 AM)Spalea Wrote: @Rishi :

About #1321: It was looking wonderful this 19-year-old lion... Unless this photo was taken a long time before its death.

Yes, i think it was from when he was younger.

So this guy i saw in Kolkata zoo is his son...
Rishi Wrote:The asiatic lion pair came from Hyderabad Zoo earlier this year (the female's silhoutte inside is visible in last picture). Also no weight or measurements of them were ever taken... But visibly he was quite stout, more than i was expecting. And large. At least as large as that white tiger above, maybe more. 

Also a lion's roar sounded much louder & resonating in real life than it does on screen. 

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*This image is copyright of its original author


*This image is copyright of its original author
"Everything not saved will be lost."

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@Rishi :

About #1323: good looking lion, sumptuous decor Like !
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Snow leopard mother defending her cub from an amur leopard in a zoo
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