JORDAN: Gaza family kept a pair of lions as pets–Two young lions Mona and Max traveled Sunday to Jordan in a Gaza refugee camp a wildlife sanctuary as their final destination.
It has been known that the lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a major population decline in its African range of 30–50% per two decades during the second half of the 20th century.
Lion populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern making lions as pets.
Within Africa, the West African lion population is particularly endangered.
The two young lions had bought by Gaza family as cubs from local zoo that was damaged by war between Israel and Gaza’s ruler from Islamic militant Hamas group.
Since Hamas seized the territory in 2007,Israel and Egypt have severely restricted travel in and out of Gaza.
According to report , Cogat, the branch of the Israeli military that handles movement from Gaza to Israel, said the animals and their entourage showed up without prior notification after the crossing was already closed Friday.
For several hours, the one-year-old cats were trapped in no-man’s land when Hamas denied their re-entry back into Gaza. They checked into Gaza hotel until reopened on Sunday. Mona and Max were tied in their crates in the Hotel’s garden
This Monday, June 15, 2015 lions as pets photo, Mona and Max is petted by people on the beach of Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip.
Handlers had bought the cubs from the Gaza zoo, hit during last summer’s Israel-Hamas war. His family would take them to parks or the beach and children — those brave enough — would come up to pet them.