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Good news from LIONSROCK


After the first settling in period the lion family from Romania has adapted quite well. Together with two tigers they were rescued from a Romanian zoo, where they suffered due to inadequate keeping conditions and malnutrition. The whole lion family had to cope with living in a small cage of only 40 m².


Two months after their arrival at LIONSROCK they have adapted to their environment and are enjoying their new life. The lion father Tarzan has developed a healthy self-confidence. He is patrolling his new territory and roaring regularly to make sure all other lions know he is here. The mother Siba is comfortable too; she likes to play with her daughters Hera and Sara. The new living conditions are especially apparent in the two young lionesses – their coat is shiny, they have lost some of their baby fat and are much fitter as a result of having much more space to move around. They are playing a lot – as is right and proper for young lions.


On their arrival at LIONSROCK everything looked very different. The two young lionesses were weak, malnourished and their bones were not formed properly. Hera had several large open wounds, which have healed. But there are other non-visible serious medical conditions; radiographs showed that there was almost no bone density. Their deformed bodies were the result of bad keeping and living in a cold concrete enclosure without sunlight. The team in LIONSROCK has been taking care of the lionesses since April. They have been fed well and their injuries have been treated. In particular, their paws have suffered from their life on a concrete floor; they could only move by crawling. There wasn’t much hope that Hera and Sara would be able to fully recover. But when they became strong enough to be examined at the animal hospital, there was great astonishment; their bones have significantly improved, teeth are developing and their paws have completely healed. Now they being given vitamins, which aid their bone growth and density development. South Africa's sun is also supporting their healing and they are enjoying it a lot.


The tigers Tomi and Riwa have settled quite well too. In the first weeks after their arrival they received  6 to 8 kg of meat daily, which helped them visibly gain some weight. They are currently living in a temporary area, while their permanent enclosure is still under construction. Tomi and Riwa are watching the construction works with great interest – they seem to be particularly enjoying the view from the top of the platforms in their area, where they love to relax. They also like to spend their time having occasional dips into the pool.


FOUR PAWS has now decided to open up its own animal hospital at LIONSROCK. We can help big cats in need much faster and provide more efficient veterinary support in special  cases like Hera and Sara.