The Barbary Lion, Atlas lion or Nubian lion (Panthera leo) is a subspecies of lion that has become extinct in the wild. There are around 40 in captivity in Europe, with fewer than a hundred in zoos around the world. The last known Barbary lion in the wild was shot in the Atlas Mountains in 1922.
The Barbary lion was believed to be extinct in captivity as well. However, possible Barbary lion individuals or descendants have been located in zoos and circus populations within the last three decades. The Barbary lion is often considered to be the heaviest of the lion subspecies; the calculated weight for the males is 440-600 lb and females 260-400 lb. Some experts, however, have expressed the belief that such weights are greatly exaggerated, and that the Barbary lion was similar in size to the lions in East Africa.
Aurora came from a private owner in Poetry TX along with 19 other cats. The first time we saw her she had no water and her enclosure appeared not to have been cleaned in months. Aurora lived alone but next to two of her older sisters. We learned that at one time she had lived with her brother, Aramis until the pair bred. When Aurora developed a tubal pregnancy she almost lost her life with a horrible infection. Aurora was then spayed and taken away from her brother. We are not sure how often Aurora and the others were fed, but we are sure that when they were fed, the meat was thrown to them still within the plastic bags. In order for us to be able to house all of the siblings we would have to integrate Aurora with her two older sisters. We built a passage way that would allow the three to be together and from the very first try they have behaved agreeably to each other.
Because they were so many cats in urgent need at the same time it was impossible for us to bring all of them back to In-Sync. On June 29 we began our mission to care for the cats in Poetry until we could find suitable homes for all of them. First we had to figure out how we could get fresh water to them. Second we had to find a way to clean up to 10 inches of feces from the tiny enclosures.
We are so blessed at being able to save Aurora, and reunite her with her litter mate Aramis. We are looking forward to many songs of happiness between them and their two older sisters. We also plan to introduce all of them to each other so they may live the rest of their lives together as a pride!
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