Bob Barker helps lion cubs move to California sanctuary after Bolivia bans animals in circuses
LA PAZ, Bolivia — An animal-rights group says four lion cubs freed under Bolivia's circus-animal ban are flying to California, where television personality Bob Barker has helped fund their retirement.
Enrique Mendizabal of Animal Defenders International says the group's president and a big-cat veterinarian accompanied the lions on the 12-hour cargo flight to San Francisco.
The cubs left Thursday under a Bolivian law prohibiting all animal displays in circuses -- the world's most comprehensive ban. The rescued mother of three cubs was too elderly and had to be euthanized before the trip.
They will live in a Performing Animal Welfare Society habitat built with support from the longtime "Price Is Right" host, who has rescued other performance animals.
-- Associated Press
Photo: A lioness (not the mother of the cubs transported to California) is seen in a circus car in an undated photo. Credit: Business Wire