JUN 06, 2017 06:36 AM PDT

Two Rescued Lions Killed Inside South African Animal Sanctuary

A group that calls themselves Animal Defenders International (ADI) rescued a grand total of 33 lions in 2016 and placed them inside of a protected animal sanctuary where they can live out their days, but a recent breach into the animal sanctuary will leave lion-lovers both disturbed and upset.

According to several news outlets, at least two of the lions housed in the animal sanctuary have been brutally slaughtered in what looks like some kind of a “ritualistic” behavior. The animals were skinned and the head, limbs, and tail have all been severed from the bodies of the two creatures.

The two lions that perished were known as José and Liso, and it’s particularly unfortunate that they went out this way given the fact that these two lions had a long history of a hard life as circus animals in South America before they were rescued by ADI.

A lion at the animal sanctuary.

Image Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Circus animals are often subjected to torture and starvation in order to train them for an act. When they don’t perform as expected, they are trained to expect pain, and so they will perform harder the next time they’re called upon.

There aren’t any leads in terms of who carried out the brutal lion killings, but local law enforcement is on the case. The animal sanctuary was reportedly guarded and patrolled at the time, so investigations into how infiltration was possible are ongoing.

ADI has over two decades of experience in relocating rescued animals to sanctuaries where they can live in peace while being fed both meat and water, and this is reportedly the first time the group has ever seen such heartless behavior carried out in an animal sanctuary.

In the wild, outside of the animal sanctuaries, lion slaughters are quite the common sight, as their pelts are quite valuable in a host of Asian countries. Unfortunately, where the demand is high enough, supply will find a way to populate the goods.

Although it was an unfortunate and unnecessary loss of life, it was also a double-whammy that the two lions’ lives were cut short in the one attempt to save them from such a bitter life and circus performers.

Source: CBS News

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
SEP 15, 2019
Earth & The Environment
SEP 15, 2019
Teen Climate Activist Speaks at French Parliament
Last Thursday, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke in front of the French Parliament as part of a cross-party group about climate change called &...
SEP 15, 2019
Plants & Animals
SEP 15, 2019
The Hard Life of a Polar Bear Cub
The Arctic is an unforgiving land of ice and snow, and at first glance, it seems like a desolate place to be. But a small subset of animals, including gray...
SEP 15, 2019
Plants & Animals
SEP 15, 2019
Can We Grow Plants on Mars?
If we were ever to send humans to Mars for a long-term or permanent visit, then it’d be essential that we develop some sort of renewable food source....
SEP 15, 2019
Earth & The Environment
SEP 15, 2019
On fire: the Amazon
In case you haven’t already heard, the Amazon is on fire. In fact, according to satellite data from the National Institute for Space Research (also k...
SEP 15, 2019
Plants & Animals
SEP 15, 2019
Here's Why High-Speed Cameras Are Used to Film Wildlife
When watching TV shows about wildlife in its natural habitat, filmmakers for popular firms such as Animal Planet and National Geographic often showcase vid...
SEP 15, 2019
Plants & Animals
SEP 15, 2019
Squirrels Feel Safer When Birds Are Chirping in the Background
When you go for a walk at the local city park, you’re likely to see a high number of gray squirrels crawling in and out of trees. In some high-traffi...
Loading Comments...