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Nikola, the Montenegro lion cub, has been succesfully transferred to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands. The cub journeyed from Montenegro to Croatia, through Slovenia, Austria, and Germany until the final stop in the Netherlands.
The now nine-month-old lion was found and captured by the Montenegrin authorities in February 2022. He had escaped from his former home and was roaming the streets for ten days, exhausted and starving. FOUR PAWS supported with the search and rescue of the lion cub and his temporary care before the transfer to his new forever home.
FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary is the Dutch big cat rescue centre of FOUR PAWS.
In the past few years, we have transferred multiple animals to LIONSROCK, the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.
Unfortunately, this future is not realistic for most of the animals still at FELIDA. As a result of years of suffering in captivity, with inadequate nutrition and lack of medical care, these animals are not strong enough to undertake the journey to South Africa.
The FELIDA Big Cat Centre, therefore, offers them the best possible care until they've regained their strength or for the rest of their lives.