Lions Return to Sarajevo Zoo in Symbol of Recovery for Bosnian CIty

Big Cats Starved During Siege of '90s

Bitter Days: Woman gazes over Sarajevo during brutal siege of the Bosnian city. In a sign of recovery, lions have been returned to the city’s zoo, where they once starved during the war.
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Bitter Days: Woman gazes over Sarajevo during brutal siege of the Bosnian city. In a sign of recovery, lions have been returned to the city’s zoo, where they once starved during the war.

By Reuters

Published April 18, 2013.
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The gift by the Sofia zoo has been welcomed as a rare sign of normality in a country still grappling with ethnic division and political crisis.

The lion is as yet nameless. The zoo plans to invite suggestions from the public once a new lioness arrives, but officials have yet to find the donors to pay for a trip to check prospective mates.

“Until now, our children could only see lions in the films, in cartoons,” said Kenan Memisevic, a Sarajevo resident visiting the zoo with his son after school.

“This is a big news for them,” he said, as the lion prowled behind a wall of stone and glass.

Visitor Irfana Trampa added: “The presence of such a beautiful animal in our beautiful city is a ray of hope for us, the citizens of Sarajevo.”


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