Video appears to show a Russian-Ukrainian businessman stealing a llama and a raccoon from a zoo in Kherson

A llama is seen at a zoo in Kherson in August 2021.
Videos appear to show the owner of a Crimea-based zoo taking several animals from a different zoo.
The owner of the Crimea zoo claims it was all done as part of a “humanitarian mission.”
But Ukraine accused him of theft, with the defense minister tweeting, “Steal a raccoon and die.”

Videos shared on social media appear to show a Russian-Ukrainian businessman taking animals from a zoo in Kherson as Russian troops withdrew from the Ukrainian city last week.

On Sunday, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, tweeted a video of a llama being loaded onto a vehicle by men in fatigues. The video also shows the businessman, identified as Oleg Zubkov, grabbing a raccoon by its tail and putting it in a cage.

—Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 13, 2022

Zubkov, who calls himself “Lion Man,” runs a private zoo called Taigan Lion Park in Russian-occupied Crimea. He and his assistants made off…

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