2 days ago
🌈 Rest in peace, Kongo ❤️ Last week we lost our beautiful lion Kongo, who was part of the @lionsrock_sanctuary family since 2014. Sadly, Kongo 🦁 became ill some weeks ago and, despite his good response to treatment, the diagnosis was blood cancer. There was nothing more we could do than to offer medication as long as he felt comfortable and grant him the final humane act once his body lost the fight.
Kongo’s life started in 2003 when he was born in a Zoo in Switzerland. At the age of five months, he and his siblings were sold to a German Circus and were transferred to a small private desolate zoo in the Netherlands in 2012, when the circus owner could no longer use them for his shows anymore. FOUR PAWS took over this facility in October 2013, after financial problems endangered the welfare and safety of all big cats staying there, and renamed it to FELIDA Big Cat Centre. Kongo and his sisters were the first big cats to be moved from FELIDA to the LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge, to offer them the life they deserved under the African skies 💛. To our animal caretakers at LIONSROCK, Kongo was very special, not only because of his majestic appearance but also because of his unique personality. Kongo lived with his sister Neida in his final home enclosure, where he could enjoy his own little kingdom amongst trees and open grassland 🌳. We are all very saddened by this loss and will miss Kongo dearly 💔
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