Lions have been feeding a relative trapped in a trap for three yearsBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/lions-have-been-feeding-a-relative-trapped-in-a-trap-for-three-years
In Tanzania, a pride of lions took care of a young brother for three years, who was slowly dying because of metal rods that had bound his neck since childhood.
A touching story happened in a family of lions living in the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. Wild animals behaved better towards their relatives in trouble than some people sometimes behave. Pride spent three years nursing his brother, chained in a metal "collar".
The lion was trapped by poachers in a nature reserve in Zambia. (Photo: dailymail.co.uk )
Tourists first noticed the wounded lion back in 2009: the animal's neck was squeezed by a garrote made of iron rods, into which the young lion fell as a cub, trapped by poachers.
— Hunters set traps for small animals, such as the impala antelope. Most likely, the curious lion cub stuck his head in there and broke free with a wire loop around his neck," said William Mwakilema, senior keeper of the reserve.
Over time, the young king of beasts became a real hostage of his shackles. Every year the wire dug deeper into the lion's neck, condemning him to a long and painful death from suffocation.
— After the first signal that our pet was in trouble, we made attempts to track him down and free him. But the territory of our reserve is too large, and the temper of these animals is very cautious," says Mvakilema. — So the lion survived only thanks to the care of his relatives.
According to the employees of the reserve, they were all struck by the behavior of wild animals. The brothers and sisters of the wounded animal supported him by bringing him food from hunting.
"They didn't kill him, as they usually do with weak males. On the contrary, the lions did not let him die all this time, while people were powerless to help," the caretaker added.
Together, rangers and tourists were able to track down the dying lion only in August 2012. Veterinarians were immediately called to the place, who put the sufferer to sleep for a while to help him.
— It was a very dangerous procedure. Five of our patient's brothers were protecting their relative, so we had to drive them away in jeeps. As a result, we managed to remove the bars from his neck. The damage was so deep that if we hadn't intervened, it would soon have been too late," William Mwakilema said.
After treating the wounds, the people left Leo to recover in the circle of his devoted family. A few months after the rescue operation, the recent prisoner of the poaching garrote was again noticed in the vastness of the reserve.
According to the keepers of the reserve, the lion has almost completely recovered, a mane has finally begun to grow on his neck and head, and only deep scars now remind of terrible wounds.
The rescued lion was reunited with his family.
Here was such a rod.