Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo and removed 12 animals due to fears they were malnourished.

Members of Four Paws, an international animal welfare charity, move a metal cage outside Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)
Members of Four Paws, an international animal welfare charity, move a metal cage outside Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

Police and conservation officials on Sunday forced their way past a locked main gate into the Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital, Tirana. The zoo had been closed by owners after criticism emerged about the treatment of its animals.

A zebra at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)
A zebra at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

Veterinarians from Four Paws, an international animal welfare charity, sedated 12 animals there — three lions, a bear, a waterbuck, four deer, a fox, a zebra and a turtle — to transport them to Tirana’s public zoo.

Lions sit in their cages at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)
Lions sit in their cages at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

Albania’s environment and tourism ministry said it took the animals because their living quarters were too cramped and some were sick.

A lion sits in its cage at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)
A lion sits in its cage at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo park to remove some of its animals into a public one with appropriate space and care. (AP Photo/Llazar Semini)

Zoo owners have denied that the animals were sick or malnourished.

Source: The Associated Press

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