Egypt's Giza zoo loses Naima, its last elephant

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Egyptian children pet the elephant “Naima” at the Giza Zoo near the capital Cairo. (File/AFP)
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An official at the Giza zoo announced the death of the 40 year-old African elephant “Naima,” who was popular among visitors, after suddenly falling sick earlier on the same day. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 October 2019

Egypt's Giza zoo loses Naima, its last elephant

  • The African elephant, died Sunday after suddenly falling ill
  • A forensics report showed she had suffered a severe clot in the heart

CAIRO: The Egyptian capital's Giza zoo has announced the death of its last elephant, Naima, who spent around 36 of her 40 years in captivity.
The African elephant, a star of the neglected zoo, died Sunday after suddenly falling ill, a day after having been active and playing with visitors.
"Top veterinarians... gave her the required medications... but she did not respond," Mohammed Rajai, who heads the government's central authority for zoos, told AFP.
A forensics report showed she had suffered a severe clot in the heart.
Her fans were quick to react on social media. "I loved her a lot," one user said in a Facebook post, while another wrote: "God relieved you, Naima darling".
Rajai said on television that elephants in captivity generally have shorter lives than those living in the wild.
"Elephants especially are social animals who usually live among their community," he said.


Houthis killed in clashes with Yemen army

The Yemeni army forced the militants to flee and targeted Houthi reinforcements. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 December 2019

Houthis killed in clashes with Yemen army

  • The clashes broke out when Houthi militants tried to sneak into areas they lost control

DUBAI: The Yemeni Army killed 18 Houthis and wounded 27 in clashes with the Iranian-backed militia in Saada, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

The clashes broke out when Houthi militants tried to sneak into areas they lost control the past two months, according to Yemen's military source “SeptemberNet.”

The Yemeni army forced the militants to flee and targeted Houthi reinforcements.

Meanwhile, the army killed 17 Houthis and wounded 21 others including two commanders at an ambush in Al-Dhale, southern Yemen earlier on Saturday, a military source said.