Emaciated Lions At Breeding Farm Eat Each Other In South Africa(Photos)
At a rearing farm of lions, a pride of emaciated lions have eaten each other to survive the harsh conditions they were faced with.
After a fire started in the breeding farm in South Africa’s Free State area, thirty captive lions were abandoned to starve to death while the owners were not around.
According to The Times, welfare officers that visited the facility found out that 59 lions and three tigers kept at the breeding facility were in appalling conditions that needed urgent treatment.
Officials reported that one lion was killed and eaten by three of its frantic brethren before the fire because they had starved for a long period.
An official from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA),Reinet Meyer described what he witnessed at the facilty.
He said: “What we found shocked us to the bone. As we entered the lion camps, we could only see the destruction left behind by the torturing flames.
“We arrived at the lion enclosures and our hearts broke and our souls wept. We saw that the lions couldn’t escape the blazing fires and the inhalation of smothering fumes were evident. The lions didn’t move.
“They all laid in one spot with their paws turned upwards. Their fragile bodies were burnt, and their faces carried the devastating scars of the flames just days ago.
“Three male lions in one of the camps couldn’t stand at all. As they attempted to get up, they simply collapsed over and over. One cannot begin to comprehend the pain these lions were in.
“We saw that the lions couldn’t escape the blazing fires, and the inhalation of smothering fumes was evident. The lions didn’t move. They all laid in one spot with their paws turned upwards.”