News

PHOTO: Lion & Bear Discovered by Iraqi Army While Fighting ISIS in East Mosul

A lion and a brown bear were discovered by American coalition forces in a dilapidated building that was once part of al-Murur public park, where Islamic State militants had been in control.

The photos were shared by multiple users on Twitter and there is some confusion as to the lion’s gender. The lion appears to be a juvenile male lion without a full mane, but some are claiming it is a lioness.

It had been reported by Mosul Eye on Twitter that the lion had died after the photo was taken, but that now appears to not be the case. A new video shared on their Facebook page shows the bear and the lion in different enclosures, but still far from healthy. According to The Sun, the animals are now in the care of a “Dr. Solomon” of Feta, Kurdistan.

The lion may have been used by ISIS militants as a “mascot” of sorts, as the Islamic State refers to its militants as “lions” and their children as “cubs.”

In October, the American coalition, consisting of the Iraqi Army, the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shia militias like the PMU, Christian militias, and the Turkish Nineveh Guard, descended upon Mosul to free it from the Islamic State. The official operation began on October 17 when it was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reports the BBC.

East Mosul was recently liberated from ISIS, with small pockets of terrorist cells still causing havoc.

Lions are no longer native to Iraq. Asiatic lions used to roam western Asia, but are now restricted to a small population in Gir Forest National Park, India.

The lion is probably the more common African lion. According to the Middle East Eye, animal trafficking is big business in the Middle East with a majority of big cats ending up in the United Arab Emirates.

Brown bears are not native to Iraq but can be found more north in the Caucasus.

Find more ISIS news, photos and videos here.

Heavy is an independent news organization. We report acts of terror and violence so that the public may be fully informed. This may include content considered graphic, which is identified. We do not support, in any way, the individuals or organizations involved.

ISIS Members Murdered by Secret Iraqi ‘Civilian’ Hit Squads

A recent spate of killings of Islamic State members has ISIS jihadists in and around Mosul looking over their shoulders. A new curfew on civilians in west Mosul may be a reaction to this.

Click here to read more

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

16 comments

  1. Did someone help this Lion get back to his home, or at least take him into a temporary holding, where he can be fed, watered, examined, and free to roam, until he gets taken back to his homeland. I realize that we are in Iraq not America, but it seems we should take some action to assist this poor guy in getting out of there, back to where he was taken from.

      • Most of them are not human, or you wouldn’t make silly comments like that. Do you really think one of the 8 billion A**holes living on this planet is more sacred or beautiful then a Lion? All animals and humans should be treated equal, the issue being we have free will to help others the lion and other animals are helpless to what humans do. Look around you, Humans rape, pillage, kill everything they can and we can count how many of these beautiful creatures are left, there is no comparison.

    • Katherine you are a animal.
      Literally
      There is dead civilians everyday from the hands of your believed coalition but oh don’t bat an eye.
      If it makes u feel better. The lion is actually dead and these pictures are old !

      The lion and bear were also in Mosul for years in a special holding.

      • That poor lion.
        we need to save that poor lion !
        We need to send over the Army ,Navy Airforce ,Marines !
        We need to get that bear too ,and if anybody gets in the way off with their heads !

  2. American war tactics.
    Get exotic animals involved so people care.
    For all we know these animals are not even in Mosul…

    There is videos of Iraqi soldiers biting heads of rabbits and puppies.

  3. well this will get the left mad at isis. they dont care about people being massacred but animal abuse? they’ll annihilate them! lol.

  4. You all are so screwed up, there are innocent people dying and without food and water but you only care about the lion smh