Heartbreaking images have surfaced of a group of abused lions rescued from a circus in Peru. The lions are now awaiting their move to a safe animal shelter in America.
One of the lions was badly hurt while owned by the circus in Chiclayo, in southern America, and lost an eye.
The animals are now en route to their new home at the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary in Denver, Colorado. The sanctuary offers the US’s best habitat for large carnivores and was founded by Animal Defenders International, a small organization working to rescue abused animals.
The sanctuary is home to various breeds of tigers, wolves, black and grizzly bears, leopards, lynxes, and bobcats. For each breed, the sanctuary builds a unique habitat, allowing the animals to live out the remainder of their days in a peaceful and safe environment.
The sanctuary was founded in 1980 and was not open to the public for the first 23 years – allowing the animals to truly live free. Recently, elevated walkways were constructed above the habitats to provide the least interference in the animals’ day-to-day lives.