A lion cub who was exploited by its abusers and used as a photo prob for paying tourists has to be taught to walk again after its hind legs were deliberately broken to prevent it from running away.
A two-year old lion cub named Simba has been rescued and is being taught to walk again after it’s hind legs were deliberately broken by abusers to stop the big cat from running away while posing on beaches for holiday goers in Russia.
The cub was only five weeks old when he was seperate from his mother and used as a photo prop for tourists wanting a picture with a ‘big cat’.
Simba, who has been exploited since being a cub had both his hind legs broken by torturers to prevent him from running away as he was in his growth period.
Local reports stated that Simba’s health was declining rapidly because of the excessive beatings and torture he endured. He also suffered severe injuries to his spine and hips.
After horrific images and footage of the abused cat were circulated, Russian leader Vladimir Putin was so shocked he ordered a criminal probe into the cruelty Simba experienced.
The animal did not only suffer horrific beatings and abuse at the hands of his cruel capris but he was also forced to live in poor conditions in a cold barn in the Russian region of Dagestan.
Yulia Ageeva, who led the rescue mission to save the dying cub said ”He was practically not fed, and for some reason in the frost water was constantly poured over him, This was a real hell”.
After being looked at by a specialist vet, Simba was found to be suffering from internal bleeding, intestinal obstructions, pressure sores, and a wasting of muscle to his broken hind limbs.
Veterinarian Karen Dallakyan, said Simba had suffered ”an ocean of pain from humans”. And that “Evil photographers break bones like this so that wild predators cannot escape and behave calmly for pictures”.
Although Simba’s life has been saved he has been left with permanent deformities and his abusers are yet to face any consequences for the abuse and torture they subjected the young lion cub to.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised to get law enforcement to act against the animal torturer and any associates.
The unnamed photographer who worked with Simba last summer in Sochi denied that he had tortured the animal.
Karen Dallakyan, The veterinarian who treated Simba went on to say that taking into consideration all the injuries, the cub’s recovery was a ‘miracle’.