ill and malnourished have been taken into care by animal-aid agencies who now work desperately to save them from death, a conservationist involved in the case told SA People. The lions were left in the town of Taiz, which has been under siege by Houthi rebels for many months now.
Sadly the animals are not the only ones suffering from neglect - as many people in Yemen continue to be murdered by rebel forces.
Drew Abrahamson, who has experience with rescue lions, explained that the lions were literally starving. Pictures of the animals have emerged on social media - showing the animals skin and bones and lifeless.
The harsh reality of the matter in Yemen, Abrahamson explained was, is that “in a country ravaged by conflict, the animals come second,” she added.
Animal Rescue agency, Four Paws International is negotiating to get into the zoo and examine the animals. They are also working on getting starving and abused animals out of the zoos in Gaza, Palestine.
Once the agency is able to intervene and if doctors are able to stabilise the lions - Four Paws may be able to bring them to South Africa - like they did in 2015 with the 30 rescue lions found in Romania.
For now, it is of vital importance to assess the situation and offer as much medical care as possible.