Rescued Lions From Bolivia Arrive In Colorado

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Twenty-five lions, most of them rescued from Bolivian circuses, have arrived in Colorado where they will start their new lives at a wildlife sanctuary.

The 13 males and 12 females were flown on a jetliner to Denver International Airport, arriving at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. The group Animal Defenders International says the animals were rescued from deplorable conditions after a law was passed last year in Bolivia prohibiting all performances involving animals.

Television personality Bob Barker is financing the rescue. The lions will be trucked to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, about 35 miles northeast of Denver.