Simba the lion and a wolf named Akyla have been evacuated from a zoo in Ukraine and required to safety in Romania in a four-day mission “full of threats.”
RADAUTI, Romania Simba the lion and a wolf named Akyla have been left from a zoo in war torn Ukraine and brought to security in Romania in what an animal rights group involved in the operation says was a four-day mission “full of risks” even more hampered by border entrance bureaucracy.
The adult male lion and the gray wolf, who were completely awake during the harmful journey because of lack of tranquilizers in Ukraine, showed up Monday at a zoo in Radauti, from a zoo in Zaporizhzhia in southeast Ukraine.
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Now at a safe distance from the conflict and after investing four days in cages in the back of a van, the two animals were recovering from the journey in their brand-new enclosure Wednesday, regaining their strength as they lounged in the shade.
” If there is something this battle brought on is incredible cooperation in between organizations,” claimed Sebastian Taralunga of the animal rights team Animals International, one of several that was associated with preparing the animals’ extraction.
” Everyone agreed that in extreme times we need to have severe measures and we chose to do whatever possible to bring those animals out of war.”
The evacuation of the large animals was made possible due to the efforts and cooperation of several animal legal rights groups and civilians, including two men from the U.K. who volunteered to enter Ukraine to rescue the animals and drive them to safety.
” I couldn’t find a driver from Romania to go and assist, likewise not from Ukraine, so these guys were absolutely fabulous– they put their lives at risk,” said Roxana Ciornei, president of the Romania-based animal rights team Patrocle’s House. “However they showed up safely here.”
The long journey from conflict-hit Ukraine, a goal filled with the dangers of entering a war zone, was far from easy.
The van bring the animals can not secure permission by the authorities to go across through Romania’s Siret border factor. This left the drivers no choice but to twice pass through the towering Carpathian Mountains– which arch across the nations’ common border– from west to eastern including almost 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) to their journey.