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Meet King, Born Free’s Rescued Lion Rascal

By Arwa Lodhi

There are few things that make me as angry as animal abuse, so when I heard that some guy in Paris was keeping a baby lion as an ‘exotic pet,’ chained up illegally in an apartment, my blood went to full boil. But, I am delighted to say – this story has a happy ending.

The lion was rescued by the Born Free Foundation, and the charity was able to give a permanent home to this gorgeous creature, who they named King.

It’s a pretty majestic name, but actually, King is a bit of a nerd. He’s at that age where he’s a bit awkward – his mane hasn’t fully grown in, his paws seem too big for his body, and he’s a bit clumsy, resulting in cuts, scraps and bumps. In short, he’s hilarious and adorable!

After being rescued, he was transported from a French apartment and moved into a large, natural bush enclosure at Born Free’s big cat sanctuary, the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and he is settling in well – but he needs your help!

Dr Chris Draper, Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, says: “During our campaign to give King a lifetime home at Shamwari, lots of supporters asked us whether he would be available for adoption, and we are delighted to be able to officially launch his adoption for World Lion Day on August 10th. With your help, our young lion will be able to enjoy his new life free from harm in his ancestral homeland.”

If you choose to adopt King, you can help fund his food, veterinary care and enclosure upkeep at Shamwari, and you’ll get lots of goodies, too!

For £3 a month, or a one-off payment of £36 for the year, you will receive:

An adoption pack with King’s story
A glossy photo of this handsome fellow
Lion cuddly toy
Personalised certificate
Born Free window sticker

All adoptions last one year and you will receive updates on King via Born Free’s biannual Adopt! magazine.

Obviously, these animals are meant to live in the wild – but if you adopt King (or any of Born Free’s other lions), you can develop a fostering relationship with one of the most beautiful animals in the world from a distance, following his progress, laughing at his antics and knowing you’ve made a difference to preserving this wonderful species.

For more information or to adopt King, please click here.

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