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Digital Daily: Rescued lions taken to bear farm in Hungary

Updated: July 29, 2019 03:39 PM

Nine lions that were confiscated by Hungarian authorities from an illegal zoo near Budapest have been moved to a bear farm in Veresegyhaz.

While the lions were performing in Hungary, the law on circus animals changed in Romania meaning the circus wasn't able to bring the lions home.

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They were handed over to an illegal zoo in Hungary called Noel Farm.

The owner, Attila Kolonits, said he housed the lions in good conditions, but due to the lack of permits, they were confiscated by the Hungarian authorities.

After being turned down by 12 Hungarian zoos because of a lack of space, the lions finally found a permanent home in a legal bear farm in Veresegyhaz.

Kolonits oftens visits the farm to help take care of the cubs, feeding them milk and quality dog food.  "I saved them and I feel relieved," he said.

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