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Simba

Zeus and Thor, male lions you will see on tour, two of eight cats rescued from a travelling circus that had closed 10 years earlier. The cats spent their lives in circus cages in a barn. The rescue ... On a snowy morning in February a call came in from the USDA asking us to take 5 tigers, 3 lions and assist in the removal of two more exotic felines and then question "can you do that today?" Ten big cats in dusty, rusted old circus cages were to be confiscated. Being one of the only organizations in the country capable of taking 10 large predators with no advanced notice we headed north, crawling through a blinding snow storm at 10 mph arriving at the rendezvous point late. There we were met by federal and state officials and promptly escorted to the site. The federal and state officials kept the owner at a distance while we surveyed the situation with USDA officials and our staff began unloading three truckloads of equipment. Some of the animals loaded readily. One lion had to be immobilized and a tiger had to be taken in her cage, afraid to leave the tightly confined space (7' square) where she had always been kept. By dark, all the animals were loaded and on their way to a new and better life. The day after their arrival all the animals were examined by Dr. Fred Froderman, DMV, our veterinarian. We scheduled a procedure the next morning for Princess to remove two claws over-grown into her paw pads causing her pain each time she took a step. Samo. one of the male tigers, was missing large portions of his tail and had sores and lacerations on both of his legs and tail. Sanitation, antibiotics, proper diet and a large enclosure have provided Samo a chance to recover.

         

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