The tiger whose death after the US invasion of Iraq inspired a play that is garnering roaring reviews on Broadway is still remembered at the Baghdad zoo, where he was born and raised. Six months after the March 2003 invasion, when the big cat was shot and killed by a drunken US soldier, the news made international headlines. Playwright Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal tiger at the Baghdad zoo,” which opened last week on Broadway with Robin Williams in the lead role, is based on that incident. “The tiger was named Mamdouh, and for us at the zoo he was special not only because he was a rare Bengal tiger and the zoo’s prized possession, but also because we raised him from birth and remember him as a cub,” said Adel Salman Musa, the 54-year-old director of the zoo. He recalled that in the immediate aftermath of the US invasion hundreds of animals were killed, stolen or died of hunger and thirst in their cages. “But Mamdouh, who was about 14 at the time, was very strong. He survived the hunger and thirst, only to die senselessly a few months later,” said Musa. In life, as in the play, it was a…
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