We urgently need your help to stop deprivation and suffering, and a life of misery for two pairs of lions. Below is the story of two of the lions.
Three abandoned lion cubs were found by a group of soldiers in the Bale Region of Ethiopia. We don’t know what happened to their parents, but the soldiers captured the cubs. Tragically, on the drive back to the army base, one of cubs, the only female, leapt out of the moving vehicle and was killed. The two remaining brothers survived the journey and were put in a cage near the Battalion’s parade ground. They have lived in that cage ever since.
Now the army have asked us to help them and we want to rescue the lions without delay. First they would need a full health check by Born Free’s Senior Veterinary Consultant and big cat rescue expert John Knight. We would then have to construct special travel crates, one per lion.
Major and General would need to be darted with a tranquilizer, carefully placed in the crates, loaded into a lorry and driven for 16 hours to our Rescue Centre. John and the Born Free team would keep a careful eye on their progress at all times. Their welfare would be our priority throughout the long journey. At Ensessakotteh the brothers would be released into their large bush enclosure – a world away from their squalid cage. Here they would receive expert care for the rest of their lives.
Alongside Major and General are two other large, male lions, the “Italian lions” who need to be relocated to Ensessakotteh and be given the care they deserve.