Bears snatched from the wild and forced to dance finally leave closing zoo

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A zoo has closed for good after losing all its animals including the "world's loneliest elephant" and bears forced to dance.

Himalayan brown bears, Bubloo and Suzie, who had been kept in captivity at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, for 13 years were the final residents to leave on Wednesday.

Like the other animals released from the zoo, Bubloo and Suzie can look forward to a new home overseas.

The 17-year-olds are being transported on an eleven hour journey to a shelter in Jordan where they will be looked after by the Princess Alia Foundation, founded by the king's eldest daughter.

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Kaavan, a 35-year-old bull elephant, was taken from the zoo to Cambodia just two weeks ago after a high-profile campaign spearheaded by singer Cher and led by animal charity Four Paws.

Saleem Shaikh, a spokesman for Pakistan's ministry of climate change told AFP: "The Islamabad zoo is now completely closed for both public and officials.

"Both the bears will be flown to a sanctuary in Jordan."

Islamabad Zoo soon became a tourist attraction after opening in 1978 and housing animals from often donated as gifts from overseas.

Sri Lanka gave the zoo Kaavan in 1985 to mark new economic ties with Pakistan and years later in 2007, Bubloo and Suzie were raised as dancing bears, having been taken from the wild aged four.

As part of the wicked abuse inflicted on them by zoo staff, the pair had their teeth pulled out to stop them attacking their trainers while being beaten in order to make them dance.

Concerns had been raised over their welfare again in recent years, after Suzie suffered became infected after botched operation to remove a tumour.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that Pakistani surgeons were unable to close her wound so vets were brought in from abroad to patch her up after months of suffering.

Dr. Amir Khalil, a medic with Four Paws who has been treating the bears, said Suzie is also suffering from malnutrition since she has no teeth, making it difficult for her to eat.

Bubloo's injuries include an abscessed tooth, causing him to be unusually aggressive, Dr Khalil said.

According to its records, the zoo once contained 960 animals but 500 'disappeared'.

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