Ukraine Sanctuary’s Lions, Tigers Arrive in Poland Amid Russian Attacks

Animals from a sanctuary east of Kyiv, Ukraine, made it safely to Poland after the proprietor had requested for assist getting the animals away from the navy battle as Russia’s assault on the nation continues.

A truck carrying six tigers, six lions two caracals and an African wild canine made a two-day journey to Poland to flee the battle zone and arrived safely on Thursday, a Polish zoo official stated, in keeping with Reuters.

The Save Wild animal sanctuary, close to the capital metropolis of Kyiv, began evacuating a number of the animals following studies of heavy artillery combating within the space. The proprietor of the sanctuary had requested Zoo Poznań in western Poland for help in getting the animals throughout the border.

Speaking of the truck’s journey, Zoo Poznań spokesperson Malgorzata Chodyla instructed Reuters, “They had to go a long way around to avoid Zhytomyr and other bombardment zones. They had to turn back many times, because all the roads were blown up, full of holes, impossible to pass with such cargo, which is why it took so long.”

As the journey started, the Polish zoo had nearly “lost hope” after discovering out that because the truck was attempting to depart with the animals, it was surrounded by Russian tanks, the zoo stated Tuesday on Facebook.

“We spent the night waiting for the news, fearing the worst,” the zoo stated. But it later came upon the animals can be making it safely to their vacation spot after the drivers had made it previous the occupation line.

All of the animals “miraculously survived transport” by means of areas of intense bombing and firing, the zoo stated on Facebook. However, the zoo is worried a few 17-year-old tiger and stated the entire animals had been exhausted.

The animals are resting at Zoo Poznań however might head additional west. A sanctuary in Belgium stated it will take within the six lions and the African wild canine, Chodyla stated, in keeping with Reuters.

The Polish zoo is working with Ukrainian zoos and rescue companions to evacuate as many animals as potential. Once the Polish zoo finishes its operation to evacuate animals in Kyiv, it will likely be offering provides and assist to a zoo in Lviv.

Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urged individuals leaving Ukraine due to the navy battle to not depart their animals behind. “Just like humans fleeing from war, companion animals will be scared and stressed and are dependent on their human guardians for comfort and security,” PETA stated on its web site.

Current rules for bringing companion animals into the EU are subsequent to unattainable to implement, given the present scenario in Ukraine. So nations resembling Romania, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland have relaxed their restrictions on pets, making to make it simpler for refugees to carry them alongside.

Update 03/03/22, 1:35 p.m. ET: This story has been up to date with extra background and knowledge.

Zoo Animals Evacuated to Poland
A truck carrying six lions, six tigers, two caracals and an African wild canine from a sanctuary east of Kyiv, Ukraine, reached Poland on Thursday. Above, an Amur tiger bathes in a pool at Kyiv’s zoo on September 17, 2010.
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