Saeed, whose name is Arabic for "happy", a 22-year-old hamadryas baboon, sits at the Sabil park in the government side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 14, 2016. AFP / Youssef KARWASHAN
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At a rundown park near the front lines in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a fragile truce has brought out visitors to see the last animal left at a makeshift zoo – "Happy" the monkey. The 22-year-old hamadryas baboon has been a much-loved attraction at Sabil park in the western portion of the city for years.But the conflict since March 2011 that has split Aleppo between government control in the west and its rebel-held east has taken its toll on Saeed the monkey, whose name is Arabic for "happy". Sabil park was once a major draw for residents of Aleppo, a former economic powerhouse that has been ravaged by the country's 5-year-old bloody conflict.The park bears some scars of the war, including a small pit left by a rocket impact, and the fighting has traumatized Saeed.
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