- Animals confiscated from private owner in Serbia who bought them from Belgrade Zoo in 2009
- Animal welfare charity helped transfer them to South African sanctuary
PUBLISHED: 09:00 GMT, 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:08 GMT, 26 September 2012
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Three lions being kept by a private owner in Serbia have been confiscated and relocated to a South African wildlife sanctuary.
A year later, Serbian legislation that prohibits possession of dangerous wild animals came into force.
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The Serbian CITES management and enforcement authority confiscated the animals and handed to Four Paws Animal Welfare Foundation.
A Four Paws team had travelled to Belgrade on Saturday, taking care of the final preparations for the transfer to Frankfurt Airport.
There, the big cats were loaded onto an plane, which took them to their new home.
Four Paws yesterday released the three lions from Serbia and two tigers from Germany into Lionsrock Big Cats Sanctuary in South Africa.
Lepa, a three-year-old lioness, yawns inside a private roadside zoo in Novi Pazar, Serbia, before being relocated to South Africa