The Zoo Dies in Mariupol

by Olha Povaliaieva
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
The Zoo Dies in Mariupol

Russian occupiers killed 19 animals in the zoo

Neither rain nor the highest waves can wash away the blood and pain from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. For the third month, innocent women and children, men, and pensioners have been killed there. The Russian military is destroying the city around the clock with heavy weapons. The callousness of Russian soldiers is enough to kill animals.

40 different species of animals. The beginning of the war brought difficulties: lack of sufficient food and water for animals, moral imbalance of animals, and people's inability to feed animals under shelling. But then the animals were alive.

On 2 May, an advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushenko, reported massive animal deaths. The exotic inhabitants of the zoo died due to the bombardment of the occupiers. It was not possible to evacuate the animals not once in 2 months. But rockets and shells explode in the city every day.

As of May 2, 2022, in the zoo in the city of Mariupol died:

  • 1 leopard;
  • 3 lamas;
  • 4 ostriches;
  • 5 camels;
  • 6 apes.

Of the 40 animals, only 21 survived. But these animals are more frightened than people. They don’t understand what’s going on around them, they panic, they injure and maim themselves.

If the occupiers do not allow the safe removal of the remaining animals, the zoo could be entirely destroyed.

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