Shocking images have emerged showing five caged African lions who have lost so much weight that their bones are now showing through their skin. Horrified activists have demanded that these emaciated lions be saved from the world’s worst zoo.
Stranded behind bars at Al-Qureshi animal park in an upmarket district of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, these emaciated big cats have not been given enough food or any medicine for weeks, as the country suffers a horrific economic crisis.
According to some reports, one of the lions has already died after being left with nothing to eat and looking more like a bag of “skin and bones”.
An online drive has been launched by horrified activists who want to find the starving creatures a new home before they all die due to malnutrition.
A Facebook campaign has been activated by Osman Salih called ‘Sudananimalrescue’, which is helping to save the starving animals.
He wrote: “I was shaken when I saw these lions at the park … Their bones are protruding from the skin.
“I urge interested people and institutions to help them.”
Due to the African lions seriously deteriorated condition, vets have revealed that the lions have lost almost two-thirds of their body weight.
Essamelddine Hajjar, a manager at the privately funded park, stated: “Food is not always available so often we buy it from our own money to feed them.”
As the zoo is in such appalling conditions, the animals’ health is also being dramatically affected.
Caretaker Moataz Mahmoud said: “They are suffering from severe illnesses. They are sick and appear to be malnourished.”
Recently, journalists visited the park and they witnessed one of the cats laying tied up by a rope, it was being fed fluids through a drip as it recovered from severe dehydration.
Reports from the Guardian have highlighted that chunks of the rotten meal have been left discarded near the rusty cages, with flies surrounding it.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has established that the African lion is classified as “vulnerable”.
Between 1993 and 2014, their population has dropped by 43 per cent, with an estimated 20,000 of the creatures alive today.
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