Russian law enforcers foil attempt of illegal sale of lion cub in Kyrgyzstan.
A lion cub was transferred in a train terminating at Moscow. The
animal was intercepted by animal advocates and law enforcers immediately
after it had arrived in Moscow. It turned out that the cub was intended
to be delivered to Kyrgyzstan for sale at the black market. The lion cub
traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow alone in a small cage.
"He's no more than 3-4 months old; it looks frightened, there
are incised wounds on its body, and the paws are injured. The animal was
transferred illegally. Cheetah or leopard were suggested in exchange for
the cub," animal advocate Konstantin Sabinin told the Russian Pervy
Kanal (First TV Channel). The case is currently under investigation. Law
enforcers suppose the animal was raised in one of the Petersburg's
circuses. The owners failed to tame the lion cub and decided to sell it.
The animal was handed over to representatives of the Moscow Department
of Nature. The trainmen will be fined for illegal transportation of the
animal. Meantime, a specialized center will provide support to the young
lion. Treatment will take several months.
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