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Mourning for Harun


© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Unfortunately, tiger Harun was only granted less than a year of leading an animal-appropriate life in the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK. After the vets had discovered a lump in the area of his muzzle, he was examined immediately. He was diagnosed with cancer, suffering from a highly malignant tumour, which had already started to affect his lungs due to its severe aggressiveness.

Harun´s way to LIONSROCK

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

After many years of suffering, in September 2013 Harun’s time had finally come: together with tigress Lina and two other big cats from a desolated Romanian zoo he was brought to the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK. The tiny and dark cages and concrete floors were a thing of the past; for the first time in his life, Harun could feel the touch of soft grass under his paws and  enjoy a large open area to move around in. The vast enclosures in LIONSROCK encompass at least 10,000 square metres and are 250 times larger than the small cage Harun had to live in before. The two tigers soon explored their enclosure and started to feel at home more and more each day.

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

A hard decision

The LIONSROCK team cared lovingly for Harun during his last weeks and did everything in their power to enable the tiger, who had spent his whole life behind bars, to enjoy some happiness at LIONSROCK. Unfortunately, due to the rapid expansion of the tumour, a therapy would have been futile and, in the end, the tiger could only be encouraged to eat if he received pain medication first. It is with deep sadness that Harun was laid to rest to avoid any unnecessary suffering for him.

LIONSROCK: a home for big cats rescued from bad keeping conditions

At present, there are 86 lions and 13 tigers living at LIONSROCK. FOUR PAWS has rescued them all from inappropriate keeping conditions and will continue to do so in the  future, to enable them to spend their declining years species-appropriately.