Wild crᴇᴀᴛures such as lions have no place in the circus. They should be allᴏᴡᴇᴅ to roam freely thʀᴏᴜɢʜ the vast Afʀɪᴄᴀɴ savannahs, ʜᴜɴᴛing their ᴘʀᴇʏ and live as nature intended. Not designed to leap thʀᴏᴜɢʜ hoops or engage in ᴄᴏᴍʙat with humans. You’d think that when this lioness was ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd from the circus, she’d be relieved. However, her ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs discovered that the circus owners had ᴀʙᴅᴜᴄᴛᴇᴅ her cubs.
Animal ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs in Peru labored tirelessly to sᴀᴠᴇ the animals from this circus. They discovered they had four adult lions and two cubs at first. The circus, however, refused to give up the babies, allᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs to capture only three lions. Kiara, the lioness, was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ after being e.j.e.c.ted from the circus without her babies. She wouldn’t ᴇᴀᴛ or sleep in her new home, and it appeared that she wouldn’t be content until she could see her puppies again. Imagine the circus refusing to hand up Kiara’s cubs in addition to r.o.bbing her of her independence. But the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs were more determined than ever to sᴀᴠᴇ Kiara and return for the cubs they had to ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴ.
The circus from which Kiara had been ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd had run into ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ due to a strange turn of events. One of the lions had ʜᴀʀᴍed a member of the crowd, and the lion was on the verge of being put ᴅᴏᴡɴ. This allᴏᴡᴇᴅ ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs the authority they needed to return to the circus and sᴀᴠᴇ both the lion and Kiara’s pups. Kiara was reunited with her cubs, and she no longer needs to ᴇɴᴅᴜʀᴇ the unʙᴇᴀʀable sorrow of being away from her chilᴅʀen.
While this is a good ending to one story, we can’t rest on our laurels and expect similar outcomes in other ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇs. We must do everything possible to boycott circuses and demonstrate to these individuals that ᴍɪsᴛʀᴇᴀᴛing animals for human enjoyment is unacceptably ᴄʀᴜᴇʟ.