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Saving Simba and Lula, last two survivors of Mosul zoo

MOSUL: Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors -- the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ate each other during the fighting. Covered in dirt and excrement, the pair paced up and down their cramped cages. The stench of putrefying animal carcasses filled the air in this eastern neighbourhood of the war-torn Iraqi city. Federal forces retook that side of Mosul last month from the Islamic State group after more than two years of tyrannical rule by the militant group and…