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March 10, 2022

A blast-stressed elephant and an abandoned lemur: The war within Kyiv’s zoo

Washington Post: Siobhán O

A blast-stressed elephant and an abandoned lemur: The war within Kyiv’s zoo

KYIV, Ukraine — Horace the Asian elephant is so terrified of explosions that he’s been put on sedatives. The zebras are being kept inside after they panicked at the sound of shelling and ran directly into a fence. And Maya the lemur is so overwhelmed that she abandoned her newborn baby this week — nearly killing him.

Zoos have often been collateral damage in war around the world. And war is now touching Kyiv’s zoo, next to a key military installation and possibly in the path of a Russian push into the capital.

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