Horror pics show starving lions like walking skeletons at world’s worst zoo
STARVING lions walk like skeletons around the world’s worst zoo, shocking footage shows.
The captive animals are shown lying down in their cages looking emaciated with their bones on show.
The footage at a zoo in Nigeria was taken by international NGO Wild at Life after a concerned visitor called them about two lions.
The group work to reduce and halt the illegal trade of wild animals and rescue mistreated animals from zoos.
A spokesman described the lions as looking like “walking skeletons” due to their diminished appearance.
They also called the establishment keeping them a “horror zoo”.
After already rescuing abused lions in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, Wild at Life deployed a team – led by Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) Aslihan Gedik – to rescue the animals, and have since given them emergency food and medical care.
Pictures show one of the skinny lions eating what appears to be raw meat after being rescued.
In a clip filmed last year, two lions can be seen lying down in their enclosure and appear to be incredibly thin.
Later, as they walk around their bones are completely on show.
Pictures taken at the same time are equally upsetting, showing the lions’ apparently malnourished state.
Wild at Life CCO, Aslihan Gedik said: “Wild at Life has a very strong track record and know-how on rescuing lions from various places and conducting a successful campaign against canned hunting as well.
“Our main goal is to close all the lion breeding farms once and for all. We need to keep wildlife, wild.”
Earlier this month we revealed a blind bear had been locked in a cage for 30 years while miserable monkeys were kept in darkness at the world’s saddest zoo.
Dozens of other animals, including a lioness and monkeys are held in the dark in a dilapidated barn, were discovered when officials visited the zoo in Armenia.
The owner claims he rescued the animals from hunters and traffickers.
But one UK charity described conditions as “shocking and among the worst we’ve seen”.