Four Lion Cubs Die at Gaza Zoo After Winter Storm

The four newborn cubs died after wind ripped the protective plastic sheeting from their cage

Bodies of four baby lion cubs that died in a zoo, Gaza Strip, January 18, 2019.
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Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s owner said on Friday.

Two cubs were found dead on Thursday, just a day after they were born, said Fathy Joma. The two others were barely breathing and efforts to revive them with an electric heater failed.

Zoo owner Fathi Jomaa holds the bodies of four lion cubs at his zoo in Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.
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The other animals in the private zoo in the southern Gaza Strip survived the storm, including the lioness, her mate and their three 14-month-old cubs, he said.