December 26, 2012 0:13
Pride of lions in Tanzania for three years taking care of a young fellow, who is slowly dying because of metal rods, a child holds down his neck.
A touching story took place in the family of lions living in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. Wild animals behave towards in distress kinsman better than sometimes behave some people. Pride three years nursed his brother, clad in metal "collar".
Wounded lion tourists first noticed back in 2009: the animal's neck squeezed noose of iron rods, in which the young lion cub got more, fall into the trap of poachers.
— Hunters set traps for small animals — such as impala antelope. Rather, curious cub stuck his head in and has broken free with a wire noose around his neck, — the senior warden of the reserve William Mvakilema.
Over time, the young king of beasts was a real hostage to their shackles. Every year the wire dug deeper into the neck of a lion, dooming him to a long and painful death by suffocation.
— After the first signal that our pet is in trouble, we have attempted to track down and release it. But the territory of our reserve is too high and the nature of these animals are very cautious — says Mvakilema. — Since the lion survived only thanks to the care of their relatives.
According to the staff of the reserve, all of them struck the behavior of wild animals. Brothers and sisters of a wounded animal maintained its strength, bringing him food from hunting.
— They did not kill him, as usually come with poor males. On the contrary, the Lions gave him die all the time, as long as people have been unable to help — said the superintendent.
Jointly by rangers and tourists can track down a dying lion only in August this year. In place immediately called veterinarians, which at the time put down the sufferer, to help him.
— It was a very dangerous procedure. Five brothers of our patient defended his relative, so we had to drive them away by jeep. In the end we managed to remove the bars from his neck. The damage was so deep that we had not intervened, would soon be too late — said William Mvakilema.
Treating wounds, people left to recover the lion among his devoted family. A few months after the recent rescue captive poaching choke again noticed in the vast nature reserve.
According to the caretakers of the reserve, the lion is almost fully recovered, his neck and head finally started to grow a mane, and the terrible wounds now resemble a deep scars.