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Born Free embarks on biggest lion relocation in history
The cubs have been transferred to a safe location near Lyon.

Charity rescues four cubs kept as pets in France

International wildlife charity Born Free is set to embark on its biggest relocation of rescued lions in 35 years. 

The charity plans to relocate four lions cubs from captivity in France and transfer them to a sanctuary in South Africa.

The cubs, Horus, Kuuma, Dadou and ‘Girl’ (yet to be named), are just a few months old and were taken from their mothers before they were weaned. They have since been kept as pets in different locations in France, suffering terrible living conditions and battling illness.

Born Free says that it does not know how the cubs ended up as pets but it is thought that they may have come from travelling circuses.

Thanks to the French authorities and Born Free, the cubs have been transferred to a safe location near Lyon and now await transfer to Born Free’s Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Born Free’s head of animal welfare Chris Draper, who is overseeing the relocation, said: “The tragic stories of these cubs are the direct result from the appalling and continued demand for wild animals as ‘pets’ and in circuses.

“These four cubs face a happier future in our care, but we must also work to stamp out the trade in wild animals as pets and bring to an end the use of wild animals in circuses once and for all.”

To help make the mission a success, Born Free is asking from donations from the public. The total cost of relocating the cubs could reach £60,000 while the cost of looking after each cub, per year, could be as much as £9,000.

For more information about the mission or to make a donation visit or text LIONS to 70755 to give £10.00

Image (C) Born Free/George Logan.

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA Welsh Branch elects new president

Veterinary surgeon Ifan Lloyd was elected president of the BVA Welsh Branch at its AGM on 25 June.

Ifan has worked mainly in mixed practice since graduating from Cambridge University in 1988. He was a partner at St James Veterinary Group for 23 years and has continued to work part time at the practice since retiring in 2017.

He is passionate about animal health and disease eradication. He is a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions, a company set up to lead bovine TB programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders. He is also director of lechyd Da (gwledig), the bTB testing delivery partner in South Wales.

Ifan said, “As a founding member of BVA Welsh Branch I am honoured and delighted to be elected as President. I have been passionate about representing the veterinary profession in Wales for many years and I plan to use this experience to represent my colleagues to the best of my abilities.”