It is common knowledge that all animals deserve to be free, not least wild and dangerous animals such as lions. But still, many people decide to keep them as pets, or as performing animals, not thinking of the lion’s health, wellbeing, or happiness. This is one such story.
Governments in many countries all over the world have banned the use of live animals in circus acts, but some countries remain untouched by the animal protection laws, and some circuses remain unchecked or hide their misdemeanours from authorities.
One such circus is based in Ukraine, Europe. Animals are still fairly common in circuses here, and this one was no different.
Three lions were being kept in horrible conditions. Luca, Charlie and Kai were sisters, all chained up and forced to perform in nightly circus acts. Their home was a 370 square foot concrete-walled enclosure, and they rarely saw sunlight or felt fresh air.
What’s more, one of their cubs, Nathan, had been separated from them and was kept in a separate enclosure. You can only imagine how hard it must have been.
However, salvation came, and the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation made huge efforts to free the lions, efforts that were ultimately successful. When the activists arrived, they were met with a sorry sight. The lions were pacing around their tiny concrete cell, obviously stressed.
However, the team had a plan to help the lionesses with their depression. While they usually relocated animals within Ukraine, they had teamed up with Turkish airlines to fly them back to their home in South Africa.
After a long flight, all four lions were successfully relocated to a sanctuary free from walls, free from poachers, and free from harm. The 5,500-mile journey had brought them to Kragga Kamma Game Park, where they will live the rest of their lives in safety. They immediately looked happier, smelling new smells and exploring their new home, from where they never should have been taken.
Check out the video to see how the lions react to their new home, and if it warms your heart as much as it warmed ours, be sure to share it with your friends!