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Simba the lion, wolf safely evacuated from war-torn Ukrain

APTOPIX Romania Russia Ukraine War Zoo
Posted at 1:40 PM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 13:40:02-04

RADAUTI, Romania (AP) — A lion and a wolf have been evacuated from a zoo in war-torn Ukraine and brought to safety in Romania in what an animal rights group involved in the operation says was a four-day mission “full of dangers” further hampered by border entry bureaucracy.

The adult male lion named Simba and the grey wolf named Akyla arrived at a zoo in Radauti, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Romania’s northern Siret border Monday from a zoo in Zaporizhzhia in southeast Ukraine.

At their new enclosure Wednesday, the two animals were recovering from the journey and regaining their strength as they lounged in the shade.