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Bolivian lions rescued, sent to U.S. wildlife sanctuary

Two lions rest in a cage at a shelter in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on Monday. They are among 25 bound for a wildlife refuge in Colorado.

Author: ringtailedfox

Twenty-five lions have been rescued from circuses in Bolivia by animal rights activist group Animal Defenders International.

The thirteen males and twelve females were taken from what were called “deplorable conditions” after Bolivian lawmakers prohibited animals from being used in performances.

Television personality and former The Price is Right host Bob Barker helped finance a jetliner to fly the lions to Denver at a cost of US$ 200,000, in what was called “Operation Lion Ark”.

When rescued, most of the lions suffered from dehydration, as well as foot and eye infections.

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