Starving animals up for sale at Gaza zoo

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Starving endangered animals at Gaza zoo, damaged by conflict, war
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Starving animals up for sale at Gaza zoo
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, a monkey sites inside a damaged cage in Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, a falcon tries to fly inside a damaged cage in Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, a damaged bench is seen at Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflict's effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 photo, Palestinian owner of the South Jungle Zoo, Mohammed Ouida, stands in front of the cage of the African tiger, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The African tiger at the zoo in southern Gaza Strip was emaciated, its belly shrunken and its striped coat loose. Inside its cage, it rumbled and strode nervously back and forth. âI swear to God the tiger has not eaten for four or five days,â said Ouida. âIt needs 100 shekels (about $20) of food a day.â (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, a mountain goat tries to eat grass from behind the metal bars of a damaged cage at Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, damaged animals cages are seen in Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, ostriches try to eat from behind the fence of a damaged s cage are in Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, a monkey carries its baby as it tries to eat inside a damaged cage at Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
This Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, shows wolves inside a damaged cage at Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 photo, Palestinian owner of the South Jungle Zoo, Mohammed Ouida, shows mummified animals that died from hunger and Israeli strikes at the Jungle Zoo in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The African tiger at the zoo in southern Gaza Strip was emaciated, its belly shrunken and its striped coat loose. Inside its cage, it rumbled and strode nervously back and forth. Ouida says he would be âthankfulâ for any outside help. âIâm waiting for someone to buy the zoo or for the animals to die.â (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, Jan 8, 2016 photo, damaged animals cages are seen in Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza Strip. The conflictâs effects and negligence are clear at Al-Bisan Zoo. It was badly damaged during the 2014 war and more than 80 animals and birds died. There is only one guard there, who complains that he has to manually pour water for the remaining animals because shrapnel tore down the tanks. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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GAZA, March 7 - A Gaza zoo owner is putting the last of his starving animals up for sale.

Mohammad Oweida once hosted family and school outings at his zoo in Khan Younis in the southern part of the Palestinian territory. But war and economic hardship intervened to turn the venture into what is now a sad collection of 15 emaciated animals that he can no longer afford to feed.

"I have to sell them in order to save them," said Oweida, 24, sitting near the cage of a tiger who had not eaten for four days.

In all, he said, some 200 animals, many of them smuggled across the tightly controlled Egyptian border in tunnels, have starved to death in the zoo since a seven-week war between Israel and Palestinian militants in 2014 prevented him getting enough food for them.

Oweida stuffed 15 of the animals he lost, including a lion, a tiger and a chimpanzee, and put them on display for children to pet. But the visitors now stay away.

He said he was negotiating to sell the hungry tiger for around $23,000 to a Gaza resident who used to raise lion cubs. Other animals on offer included an ostrich, a turtle and a pelican.

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