Rescue mission

Urgent rescue mission to save lions, tigers and bears from Russian bombing – World News

After constant Russian attacks, Feldman Ecopark owner Alexander Feldman and his staff staged a last-minute escape attempt to rescue dozens of animals to move them to safety.

Wild animals rescued from shelling at Kharkiv zoo are tasked with a mercy mission to make Odessa’s ecological zoo ‘safer’

An urgent rescue mission is underway to save dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other zoo animals from Russian bombings in Ukraine.

Without saving the animals, zookeepers were about to be faced with the agonizing decision to cull most of the terrified animals that had been under fire since late February.

During the attacks on Kharkiv, a number of animals were tragically killed, with some managing to escape when their cages were damaged in the horrific attacks.

However, after constant Russian attacks, Feldman Ecopark owner Alexander Feldman and his staff managed to organize a last-minute escape attempt, with the plan now to move them to Odessa where they will hopefully be. safer.







The zoo worked to put the animals in transport cages for the 500-mile journey across the war-torn country
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The zoo, along with volunteers, worked tirelessly to put the animals in transport cages for the 500-mile journey across the war-torn country the once-thriving zoo came under fire from Vladimir Putin’s forces , according to the guards.

After successfully leading the animals away from danger, Mr Feldman hailed “another successful day for our team”.

He said, “Today we managed to remove five big lions from Ecopark. We took out two other small cats, a jaguar and a lion cub, as well as birds, a silver fox and arctic foxes.

“At the end [of the day] serious gunfire started and we had to leave.







With its evacuation plan, the zoo has helped move dozens of endangered animals to a safer place
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However, he hit back at online posts alleging some of the hundreds of animals would be left for dead.

He added: “Do not believe cruel information about abandoned or useless animals.

“No animal will be left behind, be it a piglet, a tiger or a bear.”

The desperate staff feared for more than a week that they would have to put down their lions, tigers and bears.

Their cages had holes in them from weeks of shelling in the hellish war zone and there was a real danger that they would escape and then attack people.







The urgent rescue mission was helped by volunteers
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With their escape plan, Feldman helped move dozens of endangered animals to a much safer place.

Feldman praised kind Ukrainians and foreigners who helped make the evacuation possible through financial donations.

He said: “Over the past week, nearly 4,000 people have provided assistance with the evacuation, treatment and food supply of animals from Feldman Ecopark.

“This is almost as much as the total number of people who have supported us in a previous period since the start of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“Donations come from all regions of Ukraine, as well as a number of other countries.”

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