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.



Katherine Boston

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.


Poor lion! Let’s forget the other 1000,000 civilians in Mosul….


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.

Fake news

Katherine you are a animal.
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.

up yours

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 !

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