Lion cub rescued: ‘Saba’ will be transferred to LIONSROCK shortly
Saba, a lion cub that was scheduled to be brought to FOUR PAWS big sanctuary LIONSROCK but had disappeared on arrival of the team in Jordan, has been found! A vet employed by the Princess Alia Foundation has discovered the young animal during a routine visit to the zoo where the cub had been kept temporarily. Saba was hidden in a night room between two lion enclosures and was terrified and weak. He is now recovering under the supervision of experts and will finally embark on his journey to a better life as soon as possible.
When a young lion had gone missing on the day FOUR PAWS employees arrived in Jordan to relocate a group of lions to South Africa, the team assumed foul play by the local zoo. Meanwhile, the members of the Princess Alia Foundation who had rescued the lions from inappropriate keeping conditions intensified their efforts to retrieve the cub. After the successful search operation, Saba is being treated for minor wounds and undernourishment, while he has literally slept off the stress of his odyssey for a full 24 hours. Now the play instinct typical for cats his age is helping him in the process of building up muscle, the lack of which is still restraining him considerably. Bad keeping conditions, an early isolation from its mother and malnutrition are the main causes of his current state.
The new groups are settling in fast
While Hope, Arandas, Muhawish, Amra and Khawla – who were all saved in January and brought to LIONSROCK in April 2010 in the presence of Princess Alia of Jordan – are settling in very quickly, Saba will be able to join them soon. The other new arrivals, Mario and Marion from Toulouse – a pair which had almost been sold off to the hunting industry by its previous owners – are also exploring the vastness of their new home. Saba will be the 69th lion to enjoy a worthy existence in the FOUR PAWS sanctuary.