August 27, 2015 / 9:25 PM / 3 years ago

Circus animals from Mexico find new home in U.S. sanctuary

DENVER - Eight lions, a puma, two bobcats and a coyote  rescued from circuses in Mexico arrived safely in Colorado and their new home at a wildlife refuge center.

    The animals were transported to the United States on a flight dubbed  “Trip to Freedom” after Mexico outlawed the use of animals in circuses in January. Many of them were found emaciated and in poor condition and were treated in Mexico before being shipped to the United States.

    The Wild Animal Sanctuary, which was established in 1980, is the oldest and largest nonprofit sanctuary in the United States dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered carnivores. It is home to more than  400 rescued animals.

Reporting by Reuters Television

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