4 lion cubs orphaned in Ukraine war reach US sanctuary

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Three cubs were rescued from Odesa, while one was born at a breeder in Kyiv: Report 

A male lion cub along with three other females have been rescued from Ukraine and sent this week at an animal sanctuary in Minnesota, U.S. According to a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday, November 30, the cubs are between four and five months old and were rescued from two different places.

The cubs named Taras, Stefania, Lesya and Prada will be now living in their new home in a reserve known as the Wildcat Sanctuary, located in Sandstone, north of Minneapolis.

According to a statement by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), “Their arrival marked the final step in an arduous journey after they lived through sporadic bombings and drone attacks in Ukraine”. IFAW is one of several groups working on ground in Ukraine to rescue animals from the war.

A statement by Meredith Whitney, wildlife rescue program manager at the fund, said “These cubs have endured more in their short lives than any animal should”. She further added “They were born at breeding facilities in Ukraine during the war and then orphaned at a few weeks old”.

The report states, before arriving in the U.S. the cubs spent three weeks at the Poznan Zoo in Poland.

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