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Stolen Tiger cub from Mariupol died in Moscow Circus

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A heart-wrenching incident has come to light regarding the fate of a stolen tiger cub from the zoo in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The city council reported on Telegram that the three-month-old tiger cub, taken by Russian invaders, has been reported dead at a circus in Moscow.

According to information from the city council, the tiger cub was taken to a circus in Moscow in May 2023, where it was intended to be trained under the care of Edgard Zapashny, a vocal supporter of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine and an active propagator of Kremlin propaganda.

The trainer himself confirmed the cub’s demise, attributing it to congenital kidney problems. However, the circumstances surrounding the decision to take the animal to the circus instead of returning it to the zoo remain unclear.

Earlier reports from the city council revealed that the tiger cub was born in the zoo but had been given to the care of a local German Shepherd dog as a foster mother after being rejected by its tigress mother.

This tragic incident sheds light on the disturbing trend of Russians stealing animals from Ukrainian zoos during the course of the ongoing conflict. In the autumn of 2022, Russian invaders also stole a raccoon from a local zoo in Kherson.

The incident has sparked outrage and concern over the welfare and treatment of animals caught in the crossfire of the conflict. Such actions not only violate international norms and conventions but also raise serious questions about animal rights and ethical conduct during times of war.

The international community has been urged to take a stand against such acts of cruelty and to support efforts to protect animals (also CITES protected species) in conflict zones. As the situation in the region continues to unfold, it is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of innocent creatures who are caught in the midst of the devastating conflict.

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