Rescued Lion Cub with Broken Hind Legs So Tourists Could Take Selfies Makes Miracle Recovery. Look at Simba Today
If you haven’t been following the story of Simba the little baby lion whose legs and spine were injured by people to become immobile, then here’s your chance to read all about it. The story has a happy ending because ultimately Simba was saved but this story should be shared to create awareness of the plight of animals being abused for tourism. The lion called Simba was just a cub a few weeks old when he was snatched away from his mother. A video taken by rescuers showed his broken body dumped, starving and unable to move lying in a dirty cold barn in the Russian region of Dagestan.
1The lion cub’s condition was videotaped for record of his condition before recovery
The lion was in a deplorable condition and was videotaped before being put into critical care. The distressing video became viral and even attracted the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin who immediately ordered a probe into the incident. The video was taken before the lion was given lifesaving surgery and slowly but painfully learned to walk again.
2Completely weak and emaciated
In the video, the weak and emaciated cub can be seen licking his paws and struggles to clean himself. His hind legs are completely distorted. The leader of the rescue operation, Yulia Ageeva said ‘He was practically not fed, and for some reason in the frost water was constantly poured over him, this was a real hell.’
3He was confined to a barn in filthy conditions
The baby lion was always kept tied in a barn and made to take pictures with tourists who just could not care less of his condition. This is a common problem throughout the world where tourists happily click pictures with chained or confined animals and oblivious of their plight and conditions as to how they got to be in such conditions.
4The incident has been noted by President Putin
The horrifying crime enraged thousands across the internet including President Putin who instructed a full probe in the incident. Once they found the cub, they immediately brought it for surgery which was successful.