Just back from Ethiopia and for one lion it is good news. Born Free was recently made aware that a solitary male lion was being kept in a small cage on a one metre chain near the Ethiopian border with Somalia – not the safest place in the world! The Ethiopian authorities advised us that they were willing to confiscate the lion and get it out of these appalling conditions but had no funds to mount the mission. Born Free stepped in.
I am happy to report that Dolo (named after the town where he was confined) is now in a temporary holding enclosure in Awash National Park. I saw him last Saturday. He seemed calm but slightly bemused as if he could not understand how his life was being transformed. He is off the chain and he can now at least walk without restraint. He is thin but not emaciated and with better food together with a little exercise he should improve.
Despite being four years old, he has virtually no mane. We are not sure why – it could have been the chain that rubbed it off.
We are considering what to do for the longer term but thanks to the intervention of the Natural Resources Department of the Ethiopian Government, Dr Rea Trchopp, a Swiss vet willing to make the 60 hour round trip, and Born Free’s financial support, Dolo can make a new start.
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