The zoo from hell: Lion with an agonising infected eye languishes in dirty cramped cage along with zebras and wolves in Albania
- Several animals appear malnourished and mistreated at Safari Park Zoo in Fier, Albania
- Photographs taken by activists show a lion with an eye injury living in a cramped cage
- The private zoo is also home to a wolf, a zebra, several deer, monkeys, and a bear
Albanian authorities are being urged to take action against a private ‘safari park from hell’, after new photos appeared to expose the shocking conditions the zoo.
Pictures taken at the Safari Park Zoo in Fier, southwest Albania, show a ‘severely malnourished’ lion living in cramped conditions with what appears to be an untreated eye injury.
Other animals, including a zebra, a thin-looking wolf and several deer, were seen locked up in desolate concrete cages in the privately-owned zoological park.
The images were reportedly taken by an anonymous photographer, determined to expose the conditions at the zoo.
The images show lions and other animals languishing in desolate, dirty concrete cages surrounded by their own waste and without even the most basic provisions such as fresh water and shade.
The photographer claimed vets who have visited the macabre facility described what they were greeted with as ‘some of the worst animal welfare conditions they have ever seen’.
They said: ‘All the animals are kept in tiny, unhygienic concrete cages with no possibility to retreat from the elements or from the prying eyes of visitors to the zoo.
‘The animals suffer from a range of physical and psychological issues caused by the miserable conditions, improper veterinary care and lack of an appropriate diet.’
The photographer said that as well as the animals seen in the images, there are also a bear and monkeys, as well as three adult lions thought to have been there since they were cubs.
It is understood they were among around 14 lion cubs born at the zoo. The rest are thought to have died, been sold or simply been given away to friends of the owner.
International animal welfare organisation Four Paws, which has has been active in Albania in recent years, called the situation at the zoo ‘absolutely unacceptable’. For more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6280963/Lion-agonising-infected-eye-languishes-dirty-cage-zebras-wolves-Albania-zoo.html