Lions and tigers find new home in SA

2013-06-13 09:40
The tigers Tomi and Riwa have significantly improved in their physical condition. After having received a daily amount of 6 to 8 kg of meat for the first 6 weeks, both visibly gained weight.

The tigers Tomi and Riwa have significantly improved in their physical condition. After having received a daily amount of 6 to 8 kg of meat for the first 6 weeks, both visibly gained weight. (Four Paws Facebook )

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Cape town - Four lions and two tigers that were rescued from a Romanian Zoo have been released into Lions Rock, an animal sanctuary in the Free State. 

After a life spent in very small premises and inappropriate conditions at the Onesti Zoo in Bacau Country, the six felines were brought to their new home by the Four Paws foundation earlier this year. The Four Paws team including two vets, ensured the tranquilisation, loading of the animals in special crates and their transfer to SA. 

The Onesti city hall officially requested Four Paws to take over the felines from the towns zoo, that didn't have the necessary authority to keep the animals since 2007. "The animals have lived their whole life on cement floors, in extremely small enclosures and in inappropriate conditions," said a statement by Four Paws. 

On arrival at Lions Rock the felines stepped on grass for the first time in their life. The animals will be permanently housed in enclosures of minimum 1 ha, which is 150 times bigger than their previous enclosures, Four Paws explained. 

To date, Four Paws has already rescued 32 lions and 1 tiger from Romania to their Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. In Romania there are 26 zoological gardens, of which 5 have lost their authorisation to operate due to non-compliance of minimum standards for keeping of wild animals.

Want to meet these majestic creatures? Check out the Lions Rock website for visitor details.

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