After severe flood conditions ravaged the Tbilisi Zoo on Sunday, prompting predatory animals to flee toward city streets, a team of Israeli veterinarians arrived to the Georgian capital on Monday night to lend a hand to zoo officials.
"All the infrastructure in the lowest part of the zoo was also destroyed,” Dr. Igal Horowitz, head veterinarian of the Ramat Gan Safari and the director of the Israeli Wildlife Hospital, told The Jerusalem Post over the phone from Tbilisi on Tuesday. “It’s quite a catastrophic situation for them.”
Wreaking havoc for human residents of the nation’s capital city as well, the flood resulted in the deaths of 16 people by Tuesday, media reports said. Among the human fatalities were three zookeepers, Horowitz said.