The Dead Lion of Tbilisi

Why do we need zoos in the middle of cities, anyway?

Lost in Tbilisi.

Photographer: Beso Gulashvili/AFP/Getty Images

A crocodile swimming down a city street. A bear hugging an air conditioner outside a second-floor apartment window. A hippo loitering outside a Swatch store. Penguins drowned. And a young white lion dead from a police bullet to the head. Those are images from Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, where flash floods last weekend killed 12 people and devastated the local zoo.

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