A group of lions rescued from circus acts across South America has been given new hope after a crowdfunding campaign which received ‘thousands of donations’ provided the funds for them to travel to a new home at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa.
The lions, all 30 of them, are generally in poor health after they were liberated from a variety of circus shows in Peru and Colombia. “These animals were mistreated and not given enough food or health care,” said one of the vets who inspected them after their rescue. “They have had a truly miserable life to this point.”
Their misery will be soon be over, with the lion airlift reportedly the largest ever in history. “They’ll be able to go back to their real home, and I’m sure once they adapt to being back in Africa they will truly flourish.”
The lions were rescued after a number of surprise …
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