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Unbearable Love: 3 Egypt zoo inmates killed in jealous brawl

Fur flies at the country's most famous zoo, as female bears stage fatal fight over an eligible 'bachelor'

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 May 2013
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'All fur love?' Battle comes a month before bear mating season (Photo: Ahram)
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Three black bears at Giza Zoo mauled each other to death in an hours-long battle on Saturday evening for the affections of a potential mate who ended up choosing another partner.

Staff at the zoo in western Cairo unleashed water cannons on the female bears as they fought tooth and claw over a seven-year old male but failed to stem the violence, Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported.

After four hours of fighting, Lolo, Farah and Nabila lay dead, leaving Hani - the much in demand male bear - to ponder his mating options. On Sunday, however, he was spotted in his cage with another female bear named Nevine, according to Ahram.

The deadly brawl came a month before the traditional beginning of the mating season.

Giza Zoo issued a statement mourning the loss of the three bears, aged 4, 11 and 13. The zoo still has four American black bears, it said. 

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Roslyn
07-05-2013 08:38am
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Giza Zoo must be closed
GIZA ZOO MUST BE CLOSED...... Ahramonline your article is misleading!The fact is that Giza Zoo during the days of Nasser was one of the best 10 Zoos in the world now it is one of the 10 worst. Activists in Egypt and Zoos abroad are now watching and fighting for the closure. The attendants just STOOD BY and watched the bears kill each other...instead of using tranquillizers for example, and the cages and conditions, they and most other animals are kept in are simply a disgrace, as most well regarded zoos in the world provide conditions for various animals very close to how they live in the wild, these bears were kept in small concrete cages for years, this combined with the fact that it is mating season made them go crazy,...believe me the world is watching, combined with the torture of the live cows and sheep from my home country Australia, and the shooting and poisoning of the stray dogs, Egypt is now considered one of the worst countries in the world for any sort of animal rights, humans can protest, animals have NO VOICE. Please print this comment.
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AG
06-05-2013 08:24am
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Strangely this reflect Egypt today
Strangely this reflect Egypt today. Except instead of love of a female, it's love of "power". Those who don't have it, rush to fight everyone else for it. Let's hope the the people in Egypt learn from these animals and don't destroy each other for power.
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yenik
06-05-2013 06:12am
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what a relief that the zoo still has 4 more bears to abuse
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