An image showing three Syrian men next to a dead lion, with one of the men cutting up the lion's hind legs, has caught the attention of both social media and international media.
The photo is being used as "proof" that the people of Syria are so hungry that they've resorted to killing zoo animals for food.
The Independent has said the photo is being circulated "as an example of the levels of sheer desperation many have reached in the war-torn capital."
It's been reported that the photo was originally shared on Facebook by BBC Journalist Julia Macfarlane, but Macfarlane has confirmed that the photo does not belong to her.
The source of the original photo hasn't been verified, and many are assuming that this photo means the people of Syria are now just so hungry they're breaking into zoos and killing the animals at will:
However, this is not necessarily what is happening.
The photo was apparently taken at a zoo in the al-Qarya al-Shamya Zoo. Al-Ghouta is a suburb of Damascus that is divided into East Ghouta and West Ghouta,and apparently the Syrian Regime has managed to cut off all resources to the area by closing main highways and military roads to East Ghouta.
The Independent have reported that Syria clerics "issued a fatwa" that allows people living in the besieged areas to eat meats that are normally forbidden under Islamic law, including dogs, cats and donkeys.
Whether or not the lion was already dead, a "mercy kill", or was in fact being used for food has not been confirmed, and perhaps it will remain one of of the many unanswered questions about the situation in Syria.
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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