Alexandra Lamontagne loves animals. All she wants to do is help them, which is why she decided to volunteer at an animal sanctuary in South Africa. When she first arrived at the sanctuary, she was told she would be taking care of the Vervet Monkeys, but what she encountered was something a bit different. Instead of just taking care of the monkeys, she was faced with five lion cubs. She had no idea they would be out there, but she took control of her situation and began raising these adorable cubs.
When she asked the workers at the sanctuary where these lions came from, they refused to answer. The sanctuary would not give Alexandra any information on the cubs; the only thing they did tell her was that the cubs would be going to a zoo in Denmark. Despite some inconsistencies and the lack of knowledge, Alexandra continued to volunteer at the sanctuary until it was time for her to go home. It was upon her return home that Alexandra learned the awful truth… she had been lied to.
Almost the moment she got home, Alexandra received a message from an employee at the sanctuary that Serabie, the smallest lion cub, would not be going to the zoo in Denmark. Instead, Serabie was being sent to a canned hunting farm! A canned hunting farm is a place that over breed lions, takes the cubs from their mothers and sends them away to be raised by volunteers who have no idea of what’s actually happening. Once the cubs are old enough, they are sent back to the canned hunting farm where they are put into a fenced in area. From there, hunters are allowed to shoot them. After learning the horrible truth, Alexandra knew she could not allow this to happen to Serabie.
After raising money, Alexandra flew back to South Africa. Once back in the country, Alexandra was able to make a deal with the canned hunting farm and rescue Serabie. Once rescued, Alexandra took Serabie to an actual sanctuary, the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. With no fear of being hunted, Serabie now lives a safe and happy life at the sanctuary as a part of the Bahati Pride with 3 other lions.
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