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Two Bears Are Last To Leave 'World's Worst Zoo' In Pakistan

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Two Bears Are Last To Leave 'World's Worst Zoo' In Pakistan

Two bears have become the last animals at a zoo in Pakistan - dubbed the 'world's worst' - to be relocated to a new and better home.

Suzie and Bubaloo are being taken from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad via airlift to a new life in Jordan.

The two 17-year-old bears have been left badly neglected and living in shamefully cramped conditions for many years, but will finally get to live in relative comfort after the Islamabad High Court ruled that all of the animals must be taken out of the park earlier this year.

They were the last two standing in the horrific conditions at the zoo.

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The bears are to be taken to Jordan. Credit: PA
The bears are to be taken to Jordan. Credit: PA

Those aforementioned conditions have sparked an international outcry since they were revealed - music superstar Cher even got involved, calling for the release of an elephant called Kavaan.

Kavaan had been described as 'the world's loneliest elephant', but is now settling into life at a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, and has even made contact with other elephants for the first time in eight years.

Now, it's the turn of Suzie and Bubaloo.

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The two bears are being taken to a new enclosure some 3,330 feet above sea level, where the cold and snowy conditions will be a heck of a lot closer to the world that they would recognise in their natural habitat.

The zoo has been ordered to close. Credit: PA
The zoo has been ordered to close. Credit: PA

They're travelling there with the help of the Princess Alia Foundation, which is helmed by the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan.

Both have suffered, and are struggling with their health at the minute. Bubaloo has an abscessed tooth, and Suzie is seriously malnourished, as well as missing all of her teeth.

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Before they ended up in the park, they had been performing as 'dancing bears' - a practice that is common in Pakistan.

To perform this barbaric act, the bear cubs are forced to stand on a hot plate with their paws protected only with Vaseline.

The heat burning their paws makes it appear like they're dancing.

Kavaan the elephant has already been moved to Cambodia. Credit: PA
Kavaan the elephant has already been moved to Cambodia. Credit: PA
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Dr Amir Khalil, who works for Four Paws International, the company that is caring for the sick animals from Marghazar, said: "Sadly this continues until this day, not just in Pakistan."

He added that the bears have a 'really wonderful nature' despite their 'serious health problems'.

Updating on Kavaan the elephant, he said: "The last video I saw Kaavan was taking food from the other female elephant.

"So I see really Kaavan is improving, [but] still a long trip for him to learn how to be a wild elephant."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, Asia, Animals

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