Lion experiences freedom for the first time after being abandoned at an Azerbaijan zoo and the death of his owner.

Lion experiences freedom for the first time after being abandoned at an Azerbaijan zoo and the death of his owner.

Ruben the lion, who had been abandoned in an Azerbaijan zoo after the death of its businessman owner, experiences his first taste of freedom.After being abandoned for six years, the lion, now 15 years old, had forgotten how to roar.The Daily Mail publicized his predicament, which ultimately led to his miraculous rescue.Through the Foreign Mail Service Date & Time Updated: September 4, 3:43 AM EDT 2023

Ruben the lion looks about nervously and moves his paw hesitantly as he experiences freedom for the first time.After being confined to a small cage for the past six years in Azerbaijan, the 15-year-old lion has forgotten how to roar.A 22-hour trip and international negotiations later, he is now beginning a new life in a wildlife reserve in South Africa.

After the death of the zoo’s businessman owner, the Daily Mail publicized the distress of the lone remaining animal, prompting its rescue.

Animal Defenders International, a nonprofit located in the United Kingdom, organized the transport of Ruben to his new home in South Africa from the cramped enclosure where he had lived his whole life, with the assistance of Qatar Airlines. Ruben was released from his container and walked on grass for the first time in his life, and ADI president Jan Creamer stated, “We were in tears.”

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