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For more than a year after being moved to a Jordanian wildlife reserve from war-hit Syria, two bears, Loz and Sukkar, would cower whenever planes flew by, traumatized by past bombardments. They are among dozens of animals that have been rescued from regional war zones, including the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, and brought to Jordan's Al Ma'wa For Nature and Wildlife.The black bears are among 26 animals eight lions, 12 lionesses, two Bengal tigers and four bears who live in the sprawling 1.4-square-kilometer sanctuary in a wooded mountainous region.Only one animal a bear called Lula was evacuated from Iraq."They are usually emaciated, their teeth are in bad condition and ... also suffer from psychological trauma," he told AFP.Before they reach the sanctuary, the animals are taken to the New Hope Center, a veterinary clinic linked to the Jerash reserve, where they are provided with medical care and undergo rehabilitation.Over the past five years, Four Paws has rescued nearly 100 animals from Gaza, Syria and Iraq, including 43 who were brought out of the Palestinian territory in April.
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