A trio of scrawny lions has been brought into Israel from Gaza en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.

A pair of males and a pregnant female were sedated Tuesday at Al-Bisan zoo in Beit Lahiya before the big cats were placed in metal cages and loaded onto a truck that transferred them through the Erez border crossing into Israel.

Amir Khalil of the Four Paws International welfare group says the zoo's animals are in urgent need of care after the 50-day war. He says the zoo was badly damaged and more than 80 animals died as a result of the fighting.