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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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Date:Jan 23, 2014
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