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Father of Lions


A true-to-life narrative of one man's remarkable quest to save the Mosul Zoo.
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Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Created: 01/13/20

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davinamw

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Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ somewhat in their approach and way of thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?


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TaraM

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

I think the most obvious difference between them is Abu Laith comes from a more emotional standpoint because he's been caring for the animals day in and day out.

Whereas, Dr. Amir is an experienced scientific professional who does care about the animal's well-being, but is able to remain a bit more detached perhaps.


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susiej

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Dr. Amir definitely represents the trained, medical and scientific approach to caring for animals while Abu-Laith's approach is more of the lay person - he looks as the animals as his friends and assigns human characteristics to them. He is not able to be as objective in his thinking or caring approach as Dr. Amin.


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dorinned

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Abu Laith relates to the animals - he knows how they live in nature and he tries to help them maintain their "wildness" and ability to hunt and run, even though they are confined to a cage. Dr. Amir is the scientist/physician who cares about the animals but he gives them shots to cure their diseases/infections and provides funding to feed them properly.


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christineb

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

I think Dr.Amir is most concerned with the animal's "medical" health, while Abu Laith is most concerned with their ability to survive in their horrible conditions now and their natural habitat later.


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djcminor

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Having read The Zookeeper's Wife, I was very interested in the ways Dr. Amir and Abu Laith cared for the animals. They differ, but both viewpoints and both kinds of caring are important.


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djcminor

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Abu Laith is fully invested in the animals as a way of protecting them. He cares for them on a completely human emotional level while Dr. Amir, the scientist, cares about the animals' health. He is dispassionate.


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djcminor

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Abu Laith cares for the animals on an emotional level.


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djcminor

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Dr. Amir is a scientist, so his interest in the animals differs markedly from Abu Laith's interest. Abu Laith wants the animals to be healthy, but he cares deeply about their lives.


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kathleenb

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Many people mentioned that Dr. Amir only cared for the animals in a scientific way. I think it couldn't be farther from the truth. He cared so much that he made it his life's mission to save animals. He went into dangerous situations many times because he cared so much for animals. Abi Laith thought of Zoombie as his baby.


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kellyo

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RE: Both Dr. Amir and Abu Laith care deeply about the animals, but they differ in their approach and thinking. Can you think of any noticeable differences between the two men in their approach to animal husbandry?

Dr Amir was an educated vet and had much more education than Abu Laith on animal husbandry. Abu Laith got most of his animal education from watching the National Geographic channel which generally shows animals in their natural habitat. Abu Laith had the goal of building a bigger zoo where his animals had more room to roam. This unfortunately never came to be. Abu Laith had poor insight on keeping wild animals so close together. Mother would have never been able to attack Warda if their cages had not been so close together. All the animal cages were too small for the animals they containted. Dr. Amir had a better understanding that the animals needed larger cages. Dr Amir also had a better understanding of the importance of keeping the cages clean to prevent infection/disease.


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