Animal rescuers have formed a modern day Noah's Ark in a bid to evacuate animals from Ukraine.
The animals came from a rescue shelter in the capital Kyiv and they have safely arrived in Poland following a harrowing six-day trek.
At one point during their journey the animal convoy was surrounded by a fleet of Russian tanks.
Despite literally staring down the barrel of a threatening enemy tank, the zoo animals were permitted to leave and continue heading westward.
Staff at Poznan Zoo in Poland said they had 'lost hope' for the animals when they heard about the military confrontation.
"Yesterday around 6pm we received tragic news that the transport of animals we are waiting for on the Polish border was surrounded by Russian tanks," they said.
"We spent the night waiting for the news, fearing the worst.
"Today a miracle happened! Kiev defenders carried out transport through the occupation line."
The convoy of creatures includes six lions, six tigers and two caracals.
They have now been checked over by vets, and have now arrived at their new home in Poland.
The animals had to be evacuated from Ukraine's capital to ensure they wouldn't be affected by the Russian invasion.
On Facebook, the Kyiv Zoo said military actions have caused so much stress for their animals but thankfully they were all in stable conditions.
"The zoo is closed to visitors, but the care of the animals does not stop," it said.
"The war is causing terrible stress for the animals, so some of them have been moved to indoor enclosures and underground galleries. Veterinarians monitor their emotional state and, if necessary, provide a sedative."
Zoo Poznań is still working with zoos and rescue partners in Ukraine to evacuate as many animals as possible following Russia's invasion of their western neighbour.
They also said they hope to be able to send supplies and help to a zoo in Lviv.
The zoo has shared pictures of workers filling trucks with animal feed, ready to be transported to the border.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.
Featured Image Credit: SNWS/Zoo Poznań
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