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Left to rot: Inside the horrifying Albanian ‘zoo from hell’

All the animals are kept in tiny, unhygienic concrete cages with no possibility to retreat from the elements or from the prying eyes of visitors to the zoo.

GUY BIRCHALL: ‘Authorities in the country are being urged to act after new photos appeared to expose the depressing reality of a zoo labelled the “safari park from hell”. Pictures taken at the allegedly illegal Safari Park Zoo in Fier, Albania, show a “severely malnourished” lion living in cramped conditions and apparently suffering from an eye injury. The shocking images have come to light after a photographer exposed conditions there. The photographer, who The Sun is not naming, said: “All the animals are kept in tiny, unhygienic concrete cages with no possibility to retreat from the elements or from the prying eyes of visitors to the zoo”.

“The animals suffer from a range of physical and psychological issues caused by the miserable conditions, improper veterinary care and lack of an appropriate diet. It is understood they were among around 14 lion cubs born at the zoo. The rest are thought to have died, been sold or simply been given away to friends of the owner. Other animals include a zebra, several deer, monkeys, a bear and a malnourished wolf can be seen suffering quietly in tiny cages… Ioana Dungler, who heads up the charity’s Wild Animals Department of the animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS, was aware of the situation and would be keen to work with the Albanian authorities to intervene before it’s too late’. SOURCE…

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