Global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS International has managed to evacuate the last two animals at Marghazar Zoo, Himalayan brown bears Suzie and Bubloo.
They transferred the bears by plane from Pakistan to Jordan. “Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife” run by the Princess Alia Foundation and FOUR PAWS is the sanctuary they will go to. There are finally no more animals left in the Islamabad zoo, which is finally closing its gates for good.
Since August 2020, FOUR PAWS, together with Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change, the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), and financially supported by American businessman Eric S. Margolis, has evacuated over 30 animals from Marghazar Zoo, including: wolves, deer, rabbits, monkeys, and elephant Kaavan.
Before they came to Marghazar Zoo the two bears, Suzie and Bubloo have endured years of suffering. They were abused as so-called dancing bears. To prevent them from hurting their owner and spectators, both bears had almost all of their teeth removed. The FOUR PAWS team also found serious behavioral issues with the animals. Vets had to perform an emergency surgery on 17-year-old Suzie back in August 2020, as she was suffering from a badly infected chest wound likely due to a recent tumour removal.
Dr. Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and head of the rescue mission, in a statement, “After witnessing the departure of recently rescued elephant Kaavan, Suzie and Bubloo have also finally starting their new life. With their departure to Jordan, we can give the bears the medical treatment and care they desperately need, after almost four months of hard work in Pakistan, we are locking the gates of Marghazar Zoo once and for all.
“The last-minute cancellation of the bears’ export permits was a brief setback last week but thankfully the Islamabad High Court and IWMB ruled once again in favor of animal welfare,”
Suzie and Bubloo will now begin to live their lives loved and cared for at Sanctuary Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife.