Lion also dies two days after lioness’ death in Punjab
ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has formed an inquiry committee to investigate the deaths of animals from the Marghazar Zoo.
A lioness died upon arrival at a lion breeding sanctuary two days ago, after which the lion, which was also seriously ill, also died, a senior official from the Ministry of Climate Change told Khyber News.
The animals died on the way to the sanctuary in Kasur. A video shows handlers at the Islamabad zoo poking the lion with sticks to force it out of its enclosure, and when that failed the handlers lit fires to smoke it out and into special fabricated cages.
Ministry officials said it was ill-advised to move animals during extreme weather conditions. They said the stress of the journey was compounded by the extreme weather and suffocation from the fire, killing both lions.
Ostriches, a hog deer and pheasants have also died while being moved to sanctuaries.