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at the Kharkiv Zoo in great difficulty, an elected representative from Nice raises a cry of alarm

Hélène Granouillac broadcasts the call of Ukrainian trainers who do not have everything on site to care for and feed the animals that are regularly hit by Russian bombs.

Helene Granouillac is president of the environmental association Blue earth. She is too an elected ecologist from Nice, with the position of municipal and metropolitan councilor. He makes a solemn appeal as war rages in Ukraine.

HAS Charkov, the zoo is the oldest in the country. It was built in 1895 and Russian strikes are close to the site. Some animals have died, others are frightened, many sick and hungry.

“The evacuation process of our animals, despite all the difficulties, continues successfully. Today we have eliminated three gray wolves who had been seized by customs as smugglers and returned to us for safekeeping, as well as a group of five donkeys.” as explained in this video:

Moreover, since the beginning of the war, the zoo has also served as a refuge for pets abandoned by their owners of the exodus.

Svitlana and her daughter left the country at war and is now a refugee in Nice. She has worked in this zoo and remains in contact with the keepers. You met Hélène Granouillac, very active with the Ukrainian diaspora. The ecologist elected from Nice raises the alarm and calls for a mobilization beyond the parties.

The situation in the country’s second largest city is such that officials are considering euthanizing the most dangerous animals, those that could flee the site with Russian strikes.

Big cats, for example, could pose a threat to the population if they escape from their cage.

Time is running out, every day counts, remembers Hélène Granouillac. She then contacted two elected officials from the Alpes-Maritimes committed to the cause of animals, LREM deputy Loïc Dombreval, who is also a veterinarian, and Nice city councilor Henry-Jean Servat.

Ukrainian healers then sent out a list.

Medical equipment, food, everything is missing.

Syringes, sterile gloves, surgical instruments, disinfectants, antibiotics, eye drops, bird food supplements, animal trapping nets … The list is long, the needs are immense.

How to send them? Hélène Granouillac thinks these products should be included under the supervision of a veterinarian in a humanitarian convoy, there are some leaving for Ukraine every day.

We are in a department that has welcomed many Ukrainians since the beginning of the war; the Franco-Ukrainian diaspora is very active, we have elected officials committed to the animal cause who have the power to help, we must continue this chain of solidarity. It is logistically possible.

For her, solidarity must be valid beyond political differences. She also turns to associations committed to the animal cause and to veterinary schools. Every hour counts. Furthermore, a petition is online so that “ The animals of Kharkiv are taken over as quickly as possible by European or international zoos to save them from a tragic fate “.

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