Have you heard? 25 former circus performers of the lion-kind have moved to a new home in Colorado. They came all the way from Bolivia, where the use of animals for entertainment has recently been banned. This is very good news!
While spectators at the circus are surrounded by captivating tricks and amazing animals, the atmosphere behind the scenes can be far more grim. Too often, animals are kept in unsuitable conditions – working with trainers that are too harsh, living in cages that are too small, and eating meals that provide too little nutrition. For the Bolivian lions, this was normal life.
As the lions settle into their new home, they’re experiencing many things for the first time:
- The feeling of grass under their paws
- Socialization with other lions
- Complete meals
- Toys and playtime
- Sufficient medical care
- Rest, uninterrupted by the demands of the circus
- Space to stretch and run. Or lounge and sleep, as cats are more likely to do.
Happily, the Bolivian lions will live for the rest of their days in a place that requires nothing of them other than health, contentment, and peace. A bright beginning indeed!
Click here to view ADI’s rescue diary, which includes background and video of the lions they rescued.
Click here to learn more and to view a slideshow of the lions as they touched down in Colorado and began to adjust to their new surroundings.
Rest well, dear lions!
Photos courtesy of www.foxnews.com
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