Two endangered Syrian brown bears have been headed to a brand new life within the United States on Sunday after being rescued from cramped circumstances in a Lebanese zoo, two charities mentioned.
Homer and Ulysses, every aged 18 and weighing 130 kilos (280 kilos), had been dwelling in a zoo close to the southern metropolis of Tyre, animal rights affiliation Animals Lebanon mentioned.
They have been freed “after convincing the zoo proprietor that they deserve higher than the small cement cages they have been saved in for over ten years”, it mentioned in a press release.
The bears have been to be flown out of Beirut late Sunday, headed for the Wild Animal Sanctuary within the US state of Colorado.
Syrian brown bears are a comparatively small subspecies of the endangered brown bear, however now not exist within the wild in Syria or Lebanon, the UK-based Bear Conservation group says.
Animals Lebanon director Jason Meir mentioned the bears have been seemingly imported from jap Europe.
They had been imagined to journey in late 2019, however banking restrictions linked to Lebanon’s financial disaster, then the coronavirus pandemic had postponed the journey.
Four Paws, a world group additionally participating within the relocation, mentioned it had first met the bears in November 2019.
“Trapped in tiny cages, some smaller than a ping-pong desk, the bears had no water, sporadic meals, and insufficient shelter from the climate,” it mentioned in a press release.
“Both bears not solely suffered from malnutrition but additionally excessive stress.”
Meir mentioned he was conscious of about 30 lions and tigers in addition to round 10 extra bears nonetheless saved as unique pets and in non-public zoos within the Mediterranean nation.
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