By Lance Benzel, The Gazette
After the fall of Baghdad, one surprise awaiting U.S. soldiers was the group of the lions that stalked the grounds of a lavishly appointed presidential palace – half-starved, man-eating lions, it turned out, to which Saddam Hussein’s wildly depraved son Uday routinely fed romantic rivals.
Someone had to care for the lions.
“One or two of them had to be shot, because they couldn’t be rounded up,” said Lt. Col. Scott D. Bormanis, who served with an Army veterinary detachment that deployed early in the Iraq war.
“For the others, we assisted Baghdad zoo veterinarians with health care and transportation to the zoo.”
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