Having been at Ensessakotteh for over a month now, Kebri is settling into his new life in the hills outside Addis Ababa despite the rainy season!
He quickly got over the stress of the journey from Kebri Dehar and is now familiar with the smells, sights and sounds of the other rescued lions. Thanks to your swift assistance we are now able to start developing Kebri’s new home and in due course he will have more space to explore and in which to find his own favourite place to bask in the sun. We’re still urgently seeking funds to support Kebri’s longterm food and care, so any donations are very much appreciated.
With young Kebri, we have been on a roller coaster of a ride – and that doesn’t just describe the awful flight we had to endure to get him here. After his arrival on Thursday the 31st, he went on an either physical or emotionally induced hunger strike. He simply would not eat. Finally, on the Sunday he delicately took some small pieces of meat. That stimulated his appetite and he began to eat more regularly but he still remained incredibly nervous. Dolo had only so much as to grunt and poor Kebri would start shaking. Gradually though, over the following week, his confidence returned and he grew more comfortable in his new surroundings.
Finally, it was time to let him outside for the first time. His first steps in his temporary home were wary but soon he was moving around sniffing the bushes, drinking and playing. It was great to see.
In the afternoon, Dolo came out to see him. Kebri crouched low and backed off (they are separated by a fence). However, there was no real sign of aggression. Fear on Kebri’s part, but that is understandable. Dolo, though was more curious than anything. The day ended with both lying quietly. That was a relief but, more importantly, was another sign that Kebri is settling in with us, his new family.