Ex-circus lions freed in South Africa


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Roaring rescued lions free at last

1 May 2016

Thirty-three abused circus lions arrived at OR Tambo Airport from Peru and Colombia, en route to their new home in Limpopo.

Animal Defenders International co-founder Tim Phillips describes the difficulties of rescuing the 33 lions who were scattered around in 12 different illegal circuses.

For more about this story click here.

Also related to the arrival of the lions – read here.

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Rescued Circus Lions Given Freedom In South Africa

2 May 2016

Thirty-three lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa. Tasting their new freedom, the lions were released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.

Animal Defenders International said it rescued 24 of the lions in surprise raids on circuses in Peru.

In the statement released by the organization, the company said, “Nine were voluntarily surrendered by a circus in Colombia. Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth so would not survive in the wild,” the organization.

The president of Animal Defenders International said it was their largest airlift in history.

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