Bears who were the last remaining animals at hellish Pakistani zoo follow Kaavan 'the world's loneliest elephant' to a new life elsewhere
The Pakistani zoo which once housed the 'world's loneliest elephant' Kaavan has now closed for good after the last of its animals were taken to shelters overseas.
The pair, both aged 17, travelled 11 hours to a shelter in Jordan to be cared for by the Princess Alia Foundation, which was founded by the king's eldest daughter.
It came after Kaavan, a 35-year-old bull elephant, was taken from the zoo to Cambodia following a high-profile campaign spearheaded by singer Cher and carried out by animal charity Four Paws.
Bubloo and Suzie ended up at the zoo in 2007, then aged four, having been taken from the wild as cubs and brought up as dancing bears.
The pair suffered years of abuse, having 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 an infection following an operation to remove a tumour.
The infection left her with a large wound on her chest that surgeons in Pakistan were unable to close, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.
Surgeons were eventually brought from overseas and closed the wound after had Suzie spent months in pain.
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.
According to its records, the zoo once contained 960 animals but 500 'disappeared'.
Judges in Pakistan eventually ruled that the remaining animals should be taken abroad as they could not be properly cared for.
Two lions died during their relocation when zookeepers attempted to pry them from their pen by setting ablaze piles of hay. An ostrich also died in the move.
Authorities now plan to expand the zoo into a wildlife conservation centre.