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Captive lions rescued from horrific conditions on North West farm

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) on Friday exposed the horrific conditions of lions at a farm in North West.

Inspectors from its wildlife protection unit obtained a warrant after receiving a complaint.

“Upon arrival, the inspectors were horrified to find two lion cubs that were unable to walk and appeared to be showing signs they were suffering from a neurological condition.”

The NSPCA removed them for assessment and veterinary treatment by a specialist carnivore vet.

“Other issues such as small enclosures and inadequate shelter, no provision of water, overcrowding, and filthy and parasitic conditions were noted in the camps that contained lion, caracal, tiger, and leopard. Twenty-seven lions had mange and the caracal were obese, unable to properly groom themselves.

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