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Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

A Palestinian man plays with newly born triplet cubs at a zoo in Khan Younis district of Gaza City, Gaza on 26 December 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s owner said on Friday, Reuters reports.

Two cubs were found dead on Thursday, just a day after they were born, said Fathy Joma. The two others were barely breathing and efforts to revive them with an electric heater failed.

The other animals in the private zoo in the southern Gaza Strip survived the storm, including the lioness, her mate and their three 14-month-old cubs, he said.

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