A Pakistani zoo that drew international condemnation for its treatment of “the world’s loneliest elephant” has finally closed.
The Marghazar Zoo was shuttered for good on Wednesday after its last two remaining occupants — Himalayan bears named Bubloo and Suzie — were flown to a sanctuary in Jordan, according to AFP.
“The Islamabad zoo is now completely closed for both public and officials,” Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of climate change told AFP.
The move was facilitated by Four Paws International, the same group that helped relocate long-suffering elephant Kaavan to a wildlife sanctuary in November.
The plight of Kaavan — an obese bull who languished alone in dire conditions for eight years following the death of his partner — shined a spotlight on the shoddy conditions at the zoo, with a judge ordering all of its animals to be moved in May.
That order could not save all of the wildlife; two lions died during their relocation, when zookeepers attempted to pry them from their pen by setting ablaze piles of hay. And an ostrich also perished while being moved, according to the report.
Bubloo and Suzie, former dancing bears, were not in good health when they departed — Suzie has no teeth and had to undergo emergency surgery for a tumor.
Kaavan has now lost weight, and made friends with another elephant in Cambodia.
The Marghazar Zoo’s 1,000 acres of land will now be a wildlife conservation center.
With Post wires
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