Turkish Cargo has brought three young lionesses Luca, Charlie, Kai and the young lion Nathan to South Africa to their natural habitat from Kiev via a connecting flight from Istanbul.
The young lion and three young lionesses had been used as circus animals and had been placed in a 35 metres concrete and steel cage in Ukraine under harsh conditions without direct sunlight and clean air, far away from their natural habitat.
The lions were saved by the Lawrence Anthony World Organization (LAEO), an organization that acts with the mission of defending animal rights, and were transported to their natural habitat in South Africa by a Turkish Cargo freighter.
Turkish Cargo said they were transported in specially-designed containers, where their nutritional needs were met, and they were accompanied by their keepers, specially-assigned veterinarians, an authorised person from LAEO and IATA LAR (IATA Live Animals Regulations) certificated Turkish Cargo personnel during the flight.
After a flight covering almost nine thousand kilometers, the lions were set free at Kragga Kamma Natural Park, a natural habitat embracing huge animal populations of Africa and offering all-green coastal forest and meadows extending along 14 thousand square meters.
Turkish Cargo said after initially having some difficulties to get used to their own habitat as they got used to the conditions of the circus, the lions will discover their real habitat and freedom with their new friends from now on.