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  Keepers go back to Baghdad Zoo
Updated 05 May 2003, 18.50
A camel in Baghdad
Keepers at Baghdad Zoo are finally being paid to look after the animals for the first time since the beginning of the war.

On Monday 35 staff members were paid $20 each from an official aid organisation, to make sure they keep their jobs at the zoo.

It ends weeks of neglect for the animals who have had to survive on very little.

During the war they didn't get fed for around three weeks.

And when Saddam Hussein's leadership was toppled by the coalition forces, about 600 of the zoo's animals were stolen by looters.

Dangerous animals

They stole monkeys, bears, horses and camels, which are seen as valuable.

A bear in the zoo in Baghdad. He has teeth problems
A bear in the zoo in Baghdad
But they left behind lions and tigers, which were seen as too dangerous to steal.

Others escaped and some of these were shot by US troops.

The remaining animals have now been joined by animals from Saddam's son Uday's private zoo.

Black market

Baghdad zoo is now trying to buy animals back from the illegal - or black - market, where it's thought many of them have ended up.

And now with food, water, electricity and their keepers back at the zoo, the animals will hopefully be looked after properly again.

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