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Zoo amputates lion's paws so visitors can play with it - 3 months ago, 15 Feb 15:46

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A zoo has been slammed after it de-clawed a young lioness so that children can play with it without being scratched.

Handlers at Rafah Zoo in Gaza, Palestine, clipped off the 14-month-old big cat’s claws with shears after putting a shroud over its head.

The lion was also tranquillized and had her claws hacked down even further, according to reports.

Bizarrely the lion still has a full set of very sharp teeth yet the zoo is allowing children to “play” with the predator freely.

The park’s owner Mohammed Jumaa, 53, said he was “trying to reduce the lion’s aggressiveness” so it can be “more friendly” to visitors.

However animal rights campaigners have blasted de-clawing as “cruel” as it subjects animals to “horrific pain”.

But local vet Fayez al-Haddad said that it wasn’t cruel because the zoo “wants to bring smiles to children”.

He said: "The lioness does not lose its innate nature.

"We want to bring smiles and ...
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