Three lion cubs were born just five days after shooting stopped in the latest round of fighting between militants in Gaza and Israeli forces.
Newborn lion cubs make a rare joyous sight in war-scarred Gaza
Three day-old lion cubs went on display on Saturday in a cardboard box at a Gaza City zoo, delighting children and adults alike, not long after Israeli aircraft pounded the territory and local militants fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.
Veterinarian Mahmoud al-Sultan said each cub weighed about 700 grams. He said he felt lucky that the birth was successful despite the deafening sound of constant explosions during three days of fighting.
Loud noise “causes stress to the wild animals, especially the lions, whose roars get higher, and they keep moving in a circular way inside the cage”, he said, noting that the cubs’ mother had suffered miscarriages in the past.
The cubs were born on Friday, several hours apart, and five days after an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halted the fighting between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants. Forty-nine Palestinians, including 17 children, were killed and several hundred were injured in the fighting.