22 Apr '12, 12pm

"In #Gaza Zoo, Stuffed Animals Join Live Ones" amusing headline - bcz gaza's a big cage, like a horrible human zoo!!!

"In #Gaza Zoo, Stuffed Animals Join Live Ones" amusing headline - bcz gaza's a big cage, like a horrible human zoo!!!

AP Palestinian zoo owner Mohammed Awaida holds a mummified monkey at the Khan Younis zoo, southern Gaza Strip. (KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip) — There is an afterlife for animals at the Khan Younis zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip. Animals who die in the dilapidated park return to be displayed as stuffed creatures, giving visitors the unusual zoo experience of petting a lion, tiger or crocodile. But because taxidermy in the largely isolated Palestinian territory is not advanced and expertise and materials are in short supply, the experience can be grim. Flies swarm around some of the 10 animals that have been embalmed so far. The makeshift cages housing the exhibits — fashioned from fencing salvaged from Jewish settlements that Israel dismantled in 2005 — are littered with empty soda cans and other trash. An emaciated-looking stuffed lion, its coat patchy and mangy, lies on an...

Full article: http://sfluxe.com/2012/04/21/in-gaza-zoo-stuffed-animals-...

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