Rescuers Save Baby Lion Who Had His Legs Broken To Take Pictures With Tourists
Animals are too often the subject of human cruelty and it’s sometimes unbelievable the lengths that some people will go to just to put some money in their pocket.
The tourist industry has a lot to do with this and can often be brutal when it involves animals. Taking pictures with lions and tigers has always been a big moneymaker but it often comes with a price, the well being of the animals.
An extremely sad story about a young lion recently surfaced on the internet and shows just how rough this can be on the animals involved, especially when they are little.
He was stolen away from his mother by a photographer when he was just a few months old with the aim of using him as a tourist attraction.
This nasty man then broke his legs and wounded his spine so that he wouldn’t be able to run away whilst having his photo taken with tourists.
Thankfully he was saved and taken straight to the vets for surgery And his life was no longer in immediate danger. His rescuers named him Simba.
This horrific crime angered many people and word got back to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who immediately ordered a criminal investigation into the matter.
Simba was on the brink of death when he was rescued, his injuries were substantial but thanks to the amazing work of the doctors he is alive and well, although I’m sure it will take him some time to trust humans again.
He had spent most of his time tied up in a barn where he was forced to have his picture taken with tourists.
Yulia Ageeva, one of his rescuers said: “He was practically not fed, and for some reason, in the frosty weather, water was constantly poured over him. This was a real hell.”
Learning to play with toys was huge part of his recovery, he also had to relearn how to walk, something he hadn’t done for quite some time.
With a lot of love and patience, Simba is now discovering what it’s like to be a baby lion and these pictures, although some of them are horrific, will warm your heart when you see what a lot of care and attention can do to change an animal’s life.
A year down the line and Simba is now a healthy and happy lion.
All images @karendallakyan