Three lions from Ukraine – a male and two females – were delivered to an animal park near the city of Dijon in Burgundy (France). The trip lasted about 88 hours.
This was reported by the International Fund for Animal Protection (IFAW).
Male Atlas is a one-and-a-half-year-old lion who was taken from the woman who had taken care of him since birth. She explained that the animal began to show aggressive behavior, probably because of the frequent sounds of bombing.
As they said in the park, in a cage of only 12 m², he ran in a circle with another lioness. The animal was overweight and injured.
|Lion Atlas. PHOTO: IFAW
The two females, whose names are Lulaja and Koroleva, are about two years old. Both of them were rescued from the combat zone in Donetsk region.
The lions were temporarily placed in the Center for the Rescue of Wild Animals near Kyiv, after which, with the support of IFAW, the animals were transported to the Polish-Ukrainian border. From there they were transported to France.
Since most such predators raised in captivity cannot return to the wild because they do not have the skills to survive there, rescue organizations are working to find centers where the animals can be cared for for life, IFAW says.
Lions from Ukraine will start a new life in Burgundy. After adaptation, they will live together in an enclosure with an area of 5 thousand m².
|One of the rescued females. PHOTO: Parc de l’Auxois
Oxua Park is a large nature center with an area of 40 hectares, which has about 500 animals.
We will remind you that the Asian black bear Yampol, who barely survived during the Russian occupation of Donetsk region, was successfully relocated to a zoo in Scotland.
Earlier, UAnimals told which animals were saved thanks to the Ukrainian military.
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