Help rescue four lions in Ethiopia

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.

Military lions - May 2011 © BF Ethiopia

Military lions - May 2011 © BF Ethiopia

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.

For the full story and more images of Major and General and the “Italian” lions and to help Born Free Foundation rescue them, please click here.

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  1. Brenton
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Your work in Ethiopia is be be admired and supported. I have donated and will look forward to reading about the lions moving to the Centre in the near future. I have not heard anything about the wolves project in Ethiopia for some time?

  2. bornfree
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much Brenton, your support is very much appreciated, we will indeed report on this in coming months. It is not always easy to report back from the remote areas of the wolf project but I will see what I can do, thank you for mentioning this!

  3. Posted October 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    On my way to donate as well! Thank you for all you do I wish there were more people and organizations out there!

  4. bornfree
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you Nicole – we have had an amazing reaction to these lions in need, so good in fact that we hope to have some more news for you in coming weeks. Your support is vital, we could not do any of this without people like you! Thank you!!!

  5. Dana
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Donated today through Born Free-USA. Keep us posted and continue with the work you do to help animals in need.

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