WATCH: Gaza rescue lions walk on grass for the first time

2019-04-15 15:46
They may have been rescued from Gaza’s post notorious zoo, but the two lions who found sanctuary in SA, still have a long road to recovery ahead of them.

They may have been rescued from Gaza’s post notorious zoo, but the two lions who found sanctuary in SA, still have a long road to recovery ahead of them. (Four Paws)

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They may have been rescued from Gaza's most notorious zoo, but two lions which found sanctuary in South Africa, still have a long road to recovery.

"Motan and Pisa are still finding their feet at Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary," Fiona Miles, director of Four Paws in South Africa, told News24.

The international welfare organisation recently transferred 47 zoo animals from the Gaza Strip in their biggest rescue mission to date.

Motan and Pisa were among the animals rescued from the Rafah Zoo which made headlines when four lion cubs froze to death earlier this year.

They travelled thousands of kilometres to their new home, Lionsrock in the Free State, last week.

"It was heartbreaking to see, after their release, how wary they are walking on grass. It became clear to the team that their feet has never touched grass and they've never walked on uneven surfaces," Miles said. 

She added Motan was a little more confident than Pisa, who seemed a bit insecure.

"Both will need a lot of time to first settle in, after which we will start giving them enrichment to stimulate natural behaviour and help them forget their horrible past," she said.

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