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* HarsherInHindsight: Shortly after the pride is freed from the zoo, Safa tells the other lions that [[spoiler:she'd rather stay locked away in captivity and die of old age as opposed to venturing out into the real world and dying much sooner. While she was being selfish at the time, her assumption about the pride perishing from leaving the zoo comes true]].
* {{Narm}}: Many a reader had the wrong reaction to the lion-rapin'.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: While no particular side in the war is implicated as the bad guy, the story's power is derived from hitting you in the face with the aftermath of war. ''With the suffering of adorable animals.''
* {{Squick}}:
** The death of [[YourHeadASplode the giraffe]] when the bombing begins.
** Fajer the bear's bottom lip looks as if some other animal had tried to rip it off. As a result, it's permanently hanging open and exposing part of his gums.
* TheWoobie: Dear God. All of them.
** JerkassWoobie: Safa.

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