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Ukrainian zoo considers euthanizing huge animals like lions and tigers after Russian shelling destroys enclosures

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Apr 6, 2022

A zoo in Kharviv, Ukraine says it can must to euthanize a few animals after Russian shelling destroyed enclosures. Feldman Ecopark is making an attempt to relocate animals, however if that alternative fails, a few animals, like lions and tigers, will must be positioned to sleep.

“Feldman Ecopark does not exist anymore,” the zoo’s founder Alexander Feldman stated in a video assertion. The zoo become subjected to a bombardment that essentially destroyed it, he stated withinside the video, which become published on Facebook.

Animal enclosures had been badly damaged, and Feldman warned a few animals may want to input the streets. While the bears had been in horrific condition “via way of means of sheer miracle, tigers and lions are alive,” he stated.

“Today we’re deciding … we’ve got time ‘until evening, whether or not to place all of them down or delivery them someplace else,” Feldman stated. The zoo’s crew become operating in Chutovo, searching for a manner to keep the animals, he stated. “Maybe we can keep child jaguars, child panthers, however all person animals will in all likelihood be liquidated,” Feldman stated.

In the caption of the video, the zoo stated its professionals had been thinking about the opportunity of equipping a few animals with brief housing in Chutovo, withinside the Poltava area of Ukraine. “Failing that, the handiest alternative left to us is to place the predators to sleep. It is unimaginably painful to speak approximately this, however the important precedence now could be the lives of humans,” the caption reads.

In any other assertion at the Feldman Ecopark website, the zoo stated the lions almost ended up outdoor the enclosure after a current spherical of shelling. “We emphasize that the euthanasia of animals is an severe measure, which we very a whole lot desire will now no longer come to,” the assertion reads. “Now we’re negotiating with a big variety of humans and organizations, in particular, with individuals who can receive our animals in Ukraine and abroad.”

Still, there’s an trouble of the way to flow the big animals. “Such an operation calls for the presence of unique delivery and the participation of a reasonably big variety of humans. Which with a excessive diploma of possibility will entice the eye of the enemy, who, as a rule, responds to interest at the territory of the Ecopark with shelling,” the assertion reads.

CBS News has reached out to Feldman Ecopark for remark and is looking forward to response.

On March 4, approximately weeks after Russia started out its invasion, the zoo stated workforce had been capable of go to chimpanzees and orangutans for the primary time because the battle started out. The monkeys were sheltered via way of means of the Kharkov Zoo.

On Tuesday, the zoo become capable of flow Ukraine’s handiest own circle of relatives of tapirs – a herbivorous animal with a brief trunk – and a few different distinct animals from Kharkiv. They are at a brief domestic withinside the Poltava area, in step with Reuters.