The local zoo in Poznan, which is located in western Poland, said on Wednesday that five lions, including three cubs, that were rescued from Ukraine have found temporary home there.
“The lions are safe and sound,” Remigiusz Kozinski, who works in the education section of the zoo, told AFP.
Tuesday was the day that they arrived here. As soon as they arrived, we were required to calm them down. He continued by saying, “They came quietly into their new cages.”
According to Kozinksi, the male lion in the group was removed from the lioness, who is currently caring for the three cubs. They are adjusting to the new circumstances they are facing.
According to what he said, the newly arrived individuals are scheduled to remain in Poznan for the next few weeks before going on to other locations in other nations.
“The evacuation of these big cats was made possible thanks to the collaboration between the International Federation for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Wild Animal Rescue, UAnimals, and Poznan zoo,” stated a statement released by IFAW on Wednesday.
The lioness, a three-year-old female named Asya, was rescued from the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine while she was quite far along in her pregnancy, according to the report. In October, she gave birth to her three adorable cubs, Teddi, Emi, and Santa.
The IFAW stated that it is lucky for them to still be nursing from their mother and that they have had very little interaction with humans.
Even though all of the lions were rescued from the same private facility, it was assumed that the two-year-old lion named Viseris was not connected to the others.
According to Natalia Gozak of IFAW, “These are the victims of this war that no one saw coming.”
“Instead of being found roaming the plains of Africa, lions that should be there have been discovered in the backyards of backyard breeding facilities in my country, which has been ravaged by Russian invasion.”
She went on to say that because their owners were coerced into fleeing, the animals were abandoned to fend for themselves.
Because the vast majority of big cats that are produced in captivity cannot be returned to their natural habitats, Poznan Zoo and its partners have located suitable homes for these animals across Europe and beyond.
Around two hundred animals from Ukraine have already been relocated to the zoo after being removed from the nation by officials there as a result of the ongoing conflict. They consist of such animals as lions, tigers, bears, and wolves.