18 Jan '11, 12am

Damn 14 lions killed at Iran zoo over infection fears

TEHERAN (Iran) - AUTHORITIES put down 14 lions at the Teheran zoo that had been diagnosed with an infectious bacterial disease that could affect visitors, a local newspaper reported on Monday. The state-own Jam-e Jam daily reported that the lions were suffering from glanders, a bacterial disease found in horses, donkeys, mules as well as other domesticated animals. It can spread from infected animals to humans. The paper did not say when the lions were killed. Houman Moloukpour, a veterinarian, told the newspapers that the lions most likely contracted the disease because of mismanagement at the zoo. Mr Moloukpour said over the past two month three lions have died in the zoo after they contracted by glanders, which he said cannot be treated among domesticated animals but wild ones do respond to treatment. The semiofficial Fars news agency reported that the disease could als...

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