Four Bengal tigers and four lions have been rescued, after much of their lives was spent in circuses and tight living quarters, as part of two rescue operations. They will now live in wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa. In the case of the tigers, two of them had been part of a circus, but the traveling circus operators asked a local farmer in Argentina to watch after the animals temporarily; the circus never returned. The tigers later had two cubs, and the big cats spent over 4 years together in a metal train carriage. The tigers now call LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in Bethlehem, South Africa, home. The lions were rescued in an operation in France by The Born Free Foundation. Since they were cubs, these lions had been part of various circuses until 2018. After the owner relinquished them, they were held in a rescue center in Lyon, France, until Born Free could safely move them to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

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