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King designed this superb lion knowing how much I admire the big cats.
Akitas have always reminded me of these amazing creatures with
their aristocratic bearing; they are extremely dignified, intelligent,
strong, and very courageous. Judy’s design depicts a perfect male lion.
It is dedicated to Marjan,
the one-eyed lion at the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan.
Taliban rule, the animals at Kabul Zoo were tormented, abused, mutilated
and killed by Taliban soldiers. Marjan was not exempt--in 1995 a hand
grenade tossed into his enclosure by a Taliban soldier, detonated
in Marjan’s face. The explosion tore into his legs and blew off the left
side of his muzzle leaving Marjan blind and lame.
Teeth needed to gnaw bones were gone, along with his left eye and
his hearing. Shrapnel remained lodged in his mouth and jaw.
Abdul Sattar and Sheraq
Omar had remained to care for Marjan and the few surviving animals despite
not being paid for several months. The
small staff at Kabul Zoo was reduced to begging for food for the animals
until the World Society for the Protection of Animals brought food,
medical care and hope to the zoo in November 2001.
January 25, 2002 Marjan died in his sleep. To me he remains a symbol of
how easily mankind reverts to primitive behavior, forgetting our
responsibility as benevolent stewards of the animals.