Zoo reopens

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The Independent Online
KUWAIT CITY (Reuter) - Kuwait's zoo reopened yesterday, restocked and repaired more than two years after most of its animals starved to death during the Gulf war. Only 35 of a pre-war complement of 735 creatures survived the seven-month Iraqi occupation of the emirate. The rest died of neglect and hunger, or were shot, stolen or fed to lions by Iraqi troops, zoo officials said. The zoo's director, Musa al-Khashti, paid tribute to Kuwaitis who hid some animals in their homes to save them.