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Sun May 1, 2016, 03:55 PM

South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary

Source: Associated Press

South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary

Stuart Graham, Associated Press

Updated 2:30 pm, Sunday, May 1, 2016


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A former circus lion bites a tree branch inside an enclosure at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, northern, South Africa, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia ... more
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Vaalwater, South Africa (AP) — Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday.

One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an enclosure where he will spend the coming months being monitored by a vet.

The lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary shortly after dawn on Sunday to end a two-day journey from South America. The lions were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru and Colombia.

It will be impossible for the lions to survive in the wild as they were bred in captivity and their circus owners mutilated many by breaking their teeth and removing their claws. Because they cannot hunt they will be fed game meat and will have water in their enclosures.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/South-Africa-Rescued-lions-explore-new-home-in-7386347.php

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Reply South Africa: Rescued lions explore new home in sanctuary (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 2016 OP
Mosby May 2016 #1
libdem4life May 2016 #2
LiberalElite May 2016 #18
libdem4life May 2016 #20
ailsagirl May 2016 #3
Judi Lynn May 2016 #4
Coventina May 2016 #6
Judi Lynn May 2016 #5
Judi Lynn May 2016 #7
Judi Lynn May 2016 #8
Coventina May 2016 #9
Judi Lynn May 2016 #11
Coventina May 2016 #12
Judi Lynn May 2016 #10
hermetic May 2016 #13
Judi Lynn May 2016 #14
Surya Gayatri May 2016 #15
ailsagirl May 2016 #16
Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #17
Judi Lynn May 2016 #19
Arugula Latte May 2016 #21

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 04:45 PM

1. great story, thx

The US and the Europeans should start pressuring other countries like China, Russia and India to stop using circus animals.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 04:49 PM

2. A BIG Kitteh feel good article. I could watch this all day.

 

We are emerging from the barbarity of ANY animal taken by force from their natural habitat and forced to become appropriate viewing for humans. I've watched the same with elephants now being cared for ... after severe hardship for monetary profit.

At least the current zoos are trying harder, I'm not sure about circuses, so there is progress...I think.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #2)

Mon May 2, 2016, 09:36 PM

18. Ringling Bros. have retired their elephants

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/02/476498700/ringling-brothers-officially-retires-circus-elephants

On Sunday night, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus featured elephants for the last time. The circus elephants are retiring to Florida.



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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #18)

Tue May 3, 2016, 01:12 PM

20. Good for them. Welcome progress. n/t

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 04:52 PM

3. Awwww... so sweet

Those devils who hurt them...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 04:54 PM

4. Rescue lions from South America arrive at South Africa refuge

Rescue lions from South America arrive at South Africa refuge


Watch as these rescue lions from South America arrive at a South Africa refuge, Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.

- video at link -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1287626/Rescue-lions-South-America-arrive-South-Africa-refuge.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:10 PM

6. Thank you for posting this!!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:08 PM

5. Rescued circus lions flown to South Africa

Rescued circus lions flown to South Africa


By Allen Cone | May 1, 2016 at 2:40 PM


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Half-bind Joseph sleeps during its trip to South Africa -- one of 33 animals transported. Photo courtesy of Animal Defenders International.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 1 (UPI) -- Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in South America have been airlifted to a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.

The U.S.-based group Animal Defenders International rescued the animals. They were transferred by land to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, a 12,355-acre reserve in northern Southern Africa, after being flown to Johannesburg.

It was the largest airlift of lions in history, said Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, which carried out the operation.

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An MD11F cargo aircraft chartered with Priority Worldwide Services retrieved nine lions from Bogota airport, then flew to Lima to collect 24 more lions, before flying to Johannesburg. The sanctuary in Vaalwater is about 150 miles north of Johannesburg.

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"Their forever homes will have acres of natural bush with watering holes, platforms, trees, vegetation all safely secure behind double electric fencing," according to ADI.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/01/Rescued-circus-lions-flown-to-South-Africa/2311462125163/?spt=sec&or=tn

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Short video at this link:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/dozens-lions-freed-south-american-circuses-find-new-home-in-african-bush

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:17 PM

7. Rescued circus lions airlifted to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, May 1, 2016

Updated: May 1, 2016 23:48 IST


Rescued circus lions airlifted to South Africa


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Two of the rescued lions squabble through the fence of their new enclosure at the Emoya sanctuary in South Africa on
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Close monitoring
The 33 lions will be monitored by a vet for their first weeks in Africa.

They will then be introduced to each other in a one hectare bonding enclosure.

Many of the lions were never allowed to have direct physical contact with other lions and have never been together without a fence or a cage separating them. Due to their poor physical state, the lions will never be able to hunt again and will have to be cared for with food and water for the rest of their lives.

Emoya will feed the cats with game meat, which it buys in bulk. The enclosures will be fitted with drinking pools, platforms and toys to ensure the lions don’t become bored and will be steadily expanded as they become familiar with their new life, said Savannah Heuser, who started Emoya with her mother. Emoya, in an area with a mix of habitats, including mountainous regions, rolling grasslands, forests, cliff caves and river gorges, has a strict non-breeding policy, Heuser said.

Female lions may receive contraceptive medications so they can remain with their mates, while males may undergo vasectomies to make sure than no lions are bred in captivity.

“The animals have no conservation value whatsoever. Many of them have been inbred,” she said.

“When we are sure that no breeding will take place, we allow males to interact with females. By then a pattern will have emerged ... and we will know which lions can be placed together.”

The sanctuary is currently home to eight big cats, including two Siberian tigers. — AP

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rescued-circus-lions-airlifted-to-south-africa/article8544390.ece

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:27 PM

8. What it looks like when circus lions get a new beginning

What it looks like when circus lions get a new beginning

Thirty-three rescued lions were flown from South America to South Africa over the weekend to their new home at a sanctuary.

Please see link for short video and photos!

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/05/01/what-it-looks-like-when-circus-lions-get-a-new-beginning.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #8)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:32 PM

9. Gosh, doesn't just make your heart smile?

To see them bask in the sunshine and feel the wind, and walk on the earth and rub against trees all for the first time?!?!?

This is like much needed food for my soul.....

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Response to Coventina (Reply #9)

Sun May 1, 2016, 06:01 PM

11. Absolutely. Heart smiling, tears in eyes. So glad these people found a way to help these lions.

It's definitely real food for me, too.

Thank god they got out of those cages, and away from the twisted people.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #11)

Sun May 1, 2016, 06:03 PM

12. Thanks so much for continuing to post stories, videos and pics!!

I just can't get enough!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 05:55 PM

10. Abused circus lions arrive in SA

Abused circus lions arrive in SA

Sunday 1 May 2016 15:56

SABC
Thirty-three neglected and abused circus lions that were rescued in South America last year, have arrived in South Africa.

The big cats were taken from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the Emoya Nature Reserve near Vaalwater in Limpopo.

Twenty-four of the lions had been confiscated by Animal Defenders International and the police from circuses in Peru.

Circuses in Columbia handed over another nine lions after their government banned their use.

The lions were in cages for four days on international flights before being released on Sunday.

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/217f5e804c9abbdb88e3cd0d7b160175/-

- VIDEO at link -

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2016, 06:26 PM

13. Thank you SO much for this

I gave a few $ towards this effort and it just fills my heart to see those happy faces.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #13)

Sun May 1, 2016, 08:18 PM

14. To believe it's possible another human hand will never touch them to harm them ever again

brings joy, but also such sadness that they were once helpless.

With these loving people on their side, they have true peace in their lives. They have no idea how many people love them, and those to join then in the future, no doubt, but let's hope their world will seem far more wonderful every moment in their "forever home."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2016, 04:26 AM

15. This brings tears to my eyes. Bless Animal Defenders International and the work they do.

 

Thanks for posting, Judi.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #15)

Mon May 2, 2016, 09:20 PM

16. Brings tears to my eyes, too n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2016, 09:30 PM

17. Wonderful!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2016, 11:42 PM

19. Here's a newscast from South Africa which discusses these lions, gives a little more information:

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 3, 2016, 01:26 PM

21. I've been folowing this story closely.

 

I donated and kept waking up in the middle of the night a couple days ago to check to see if they'd made it to the sanctuary.

So glad they get to feel the sun and soil now, finally.

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