Almost two dozen lions and tigers rescued from Guatemala circuses arrived at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa, Tuesday, January 21.
Animal Defenders International, an animal conservation and protection group, was able to rescue the cats after 18 months of persuading the government to ban animals in circuses in 2018.
The animals underwent great stress in the circuses, some having their toes clipped to prevent claw growth or their canine teeth removed.
Animal Defenders International have conducted similar operations in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia and rescued nearly 200 animals. (REUTERS)