by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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bob barker lions

Holding down a 35 year career as the host of one of television’s most enduring game shows has probably enabled Bob Barker to tuck away his fair share of ka-ching, but the longtime animal rights advocate is hardly stingy given his recent donation of $2.5 million to PETA.

Well, it turns out that he’s shared his wealth in yet another way that will benefit several lucky regal creatures – by personally bankrolling the retirement of four lion cubs that were just liberated from what could have potentially been a life of forced performance thanks to a newly enforced Bolivian circus animal ban.

Working with Animal Defenders International, the cubs – one of which had its claws removed without anesthetic at birth and two which had their fangs were sawed off so humans could dazzle crowds by sticking their heads inside — were accompanied on a long flight to San Francisco, sadly without their mother who was blind and so feeble due to a challenging life of circus performing that officials decided it would be more humane to euthanize her.

Their new stomping grounds will be located in northeastern California at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) which serves as a safe house for exotic creatures such as primates, assorted lions, tigers, elephants, bears and even coyotes and leopards that are either retired from performance, abused or otherwise abandoned.

Barker is one of several individuals responsible for funding their new habitat and we can only hope that as Bolivia’s ban continues to take effect (the direct result of an undercover investigation conducted by Animal Defenders International that revealed severe abuses), that more of their former circus animals will be transferred to the California refuge.

Below, CSI’s Jorja Fox along with a vast team of other activists narrate the blow-by-blow as the cubs (which are impressively large) are released into their new habitat. Happy endings rock!!

Via Associated Press