In the Kiev region Park XII months was "held hostage" by the occupiers: animals die of starvation

In the Kiev region Park XII months was "held hostage" by the occupiers: animals die of starvation

Valentina Gembarska

The zoo has no light, heat, fuel or communication with the outside world

Park XII months is located about 30 km from the capital, in the village of Demidov. Today, this area is practically cut off from the rest of the world. The bridges around are destroyed. The way to Kyiv is blocked. 300 animals and zoo workers were literally taken hostage. Unfortunately, some animals have already died.

EcoPolitica has found out what is currently happening in the Park XII Month and how to help it.

The owner of the Park XII Month Mykhailo Pinchuk told EcoPolitics in an exclusive comment, that there has been no electricity on their territory for about 6 days.  And till the morning of March 8 - the gas supply also was stopped. At the same time, there are many thermophilic animals in the park, which are getting sick and dying at low temperatures.

"Right now we have no diesel stocks at all. - says Pinchuk. – But we have animals that will get sick at a temperature below +15 during a half a day. After that it won`t be possible to return them to normal. We can predict that due to the cold the animals will begin to die out till today".

The situation with fodder is also critical, it is currently impossible to bring anything to the park. Animals are on cut rations.

According to Pinchuk, some animals have already died from the attacks:

"During the bombing, some animals began to run, fight and, as a result, killed themselves".

Park workers are trying to take out of surrounding those animals that are not difficult to transport in hand, but so far the attempts have not been successful. The Russian side does not release anyone.

"We do not understand how to get there. - says Pinchuk. - Yesterday we made an attempt - it is impossible. We tried to get someone out of there - it's very difficult and we didn't succeed. We will try again. We ask everyone who has a possible influence on this to help us organize corridors for evacuation of transportable animals and for delivery of diesel fuel for not transportable. Otherwise, they will simply freeze to death".

Mykhailo Pinchuk asks the local military administration to pay attention to this problem and help create a corridor for evacuation and delivery of diesel. Besides animals from the zoo, residents of neighboring villages are also surrounded. They have no gas, no diesel, no heat, no communications, no electricity. In such conditions, not only animals but also humans may begin to die in this area in the near future.

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