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Making that journey to these beautiful African ecosystem already shows the connection between man and animal and lions which are a must see in any lion safari or for people who have a chance to visit these national parks just for a few hours. Seeing a lion in a zoo is 100% different than seeing a lion in the wild, a lion with its pride, a lion hunting a zebra a or a lion drinking water with other animals of prey gazing at the distance waiting to take their fill after the lion king walks in to the nearby thicket and disappears into the bushes infested with dangerous animals in many of the African Savannah dangerous forests as well.
Is there really a need to save lions? What is the exact trend as far as lion conservation and the lion protection strategy in many of the African countries where these beautiful lions are found in the wild? Is the protection given really enough, is the conservation of lions worth the cost? Is there something which can still be done to impart more information about lions to the lion loving community and the African animal safari tourist who come to lion country to see these beautiful African Savannah cats? These are some of the most frequently asked questions about lions and the plight of lions in general which are now considered endangered species as their population of lions in the wild and in captivity has a very different story to tell as far as the onset of the last two centuries is concerned.
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tigers and 17 lions Sheriff's deputies shot 48 animals
ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Amid expressions of horror and revulsion at the killing of dozens of wild animals in Ohio -- and photographs of their bloody carcasses -- animal rights advocates agreed there was little local authorities could have done to save the dangerous creatures once they began roaming the countryside after their owner released them before taking his own life.
Sheriff's deputies shot 48 animals -- including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions -- after Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County Animal Farm near Zanesville, threw their cages open Tuesday and then committed suicide.
"What a tragedy," said veterinarian Barb Wolfe, of The Wilds animal preserve sponsored by the Columbus Zoo. "We knew that ... there were so many dangerous animals at this place that eventually something bad would happen, but I don't think anybody really knew it would be this bad."
As the hunt winded down on Wednesday, a photo showing the remains of tigers, bears and lions lined up and scattered in an open field went viral provoking visceral reactions among viewers, some of whom expressed their anger and sadness on social networking sites.
Some local townspeople also were saddened by the deaths. At a nearby Moose Lodge, Bill Weiser said: "It's breaking my heart, them shooting those animals."
Authorities said the slain animals would be buried on Thompson's farm.
Will Travers, chief executive of the California-based Born Free USA animal welfare and wildlife conservation organization, said police had no choice but to take the action they did. "It's a tragedy for these particular animals, for no fault of their own they've been shot, and I can see how difficult that decision was for the police," he said. Jack Hanna, TV personality and former director of the Columbus Zoo, also defended the sheriff's decision to kill the animals, calling deaths of the endangered Bengal tigers especially tragic.
The animals destroyed also included six black bears, two grizzlies, a baboon, a wolf and three mountain lions. Six -- three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys -- were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo.
"It's like Noah's Ark wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio," Hanna said.
Officers were ordered to kill the animals instead of trying to bring them down with tranquilizers for fear that those hit with darts would escape in the darkness before they dropped and would later regain consciousness. A wolf was later found dead, leaving a monkey as the only animal possibly still unaccounted for in the mostly rural community of farms, widely spaced homes and wooded areas about 55 miles east of Columbus.
"These animals were on the move, they were showing aggressive behavior," Sheriff Matt Lutz said. "Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming."
Veterinarian Wolfe had tried to save a tiger in a heavy bramble by using a tranquilizer dart, but the animal charged her then tried to flee. It had to be shot and killed by sheriff's deputies.
"I was about 15 feet from him and took a shot, and it didn't respond too much, and I thought we were OK, but within about 10 seconds he roared and started toward me," she said.
Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Merry, among the first to respond on Tuesday, said he shot a number of animals, including a gray wolf and a black bear who charged him from 7 feet away. He said he's an animal lover and only took pride in knowing he was protecting the community.
"All these animals have the ability to take a human out in the length of a second," he said.
The Humane Society of the United States criticized Gov. John Kasich for allowing a statewide ban on the buying and selling of exotic pets to expire in April and called for an emergency rule to crack down on exotic animals until the state comes up with a permanent legal solution.
"Every month brings a new, bizarre, almost surreal incident involving privately-held, dangerous wild animals," Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society, said in a statement. "In recent years, Ohioans have died and suffered injuries. ... Owners of large, exotic animals are a menace to society, and it's time for the delaying on the rulemaking to end."
"Surely, after this latest incident, enough blood has been shed for the state to take action," the group said in a statement.
Activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also called for emergency regulations and pointed the finger at Gov. John Kasich, saying the incident should serve as his "wake-up call."
Ohio has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.
Born Free USA says it has tracked 1,500 attacks on humans or other animals, and escapes by exotic animals since 1990, with 86 being in Ohio. Travers said there's an urgent need for legislation that addresses the competency of Ohioans seeking to own exotic pets and owners' ability to provide for the animals' welfare as well as public safety.
"Legislation should be there to protect the animals from the people and to protect the people from the animals," he said.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said Wednesday the governor had called on Lutz to commend the job he had done and to ask him to be part of the process of putting into law what the executive order failed to do.
"Clearly, we need tougher laws. We haven't had them in this state. Nobody's dealt with this, and we will. And we'll deal with it in a comprehensive way," Kasich said earlier in the day at a meeting of Dix Communications editors at which The Associated Press was present.
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association also called for exotic animal regulations. U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland called the deaths of the escaped animals preventable.
"By enacting more stringent restrictions on owning exotic pets in Ohio, tragedies like this one can be avoided in the future," he said in a statement.
He had gotten out of federal prison just last month after serving a year for possessing unregistered guns.
Thompson, 62, had had repeated run-ins with the law and his neighbors. Lutz said that the sheriff's office had received numerous complaints since 2004 about animals escaping onto neighbors' property. The sheriff's office also said that Thompson had been charged over the years with animal cruelty, animal neglect and allowing animals to roam.
Thompson had rescued some of the animals at his preserve and purchased many others, said Columbus Zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters.
It was not immediately clear how Thompson managed to support the preserve and for what purpose it was operated, since it was not open to the public. But Thompson had appeared on the "Rachael Ray Show" in 2008 as an animal handler for a zoologist guest, said show spokeswoman Lauren Nowell.
Efforts made in the movie industry on how the lion is portrayed comes from different ages and from all walks of life. There are people who have lived with lions in the wild and in their homes. When these lions were orphaned, they took care of these lions and nature them and when they were grown up they were released in the wild. Some of the best success stories about lions still keep on inspiring others to keep on saving the big cats and the lion pride as well.
In the name of lion conservation and lion protection, a lot of movies have been made about lions and while some might have educated people about lions and made them see these lions in their natural habitat, people step by step are beginning to get some knowledge about how these beautiful lions of Africa and Asia live and how they are part of this ecosystem as well. Here is just a list of some of the best lion movies and lion animated movies which have made names in as far as lions in the movies are concerned.
List of some of the best lion movies ever made
- Africano (2001)(Adventure/Romance)
- Androcles and the Lion (1953) (Comedy/Adventure)
- Animals United (2010) ( Wild Adventure)
- Aslan Adam (lion Man)(1975) (Action)
- Born Free (1966) (Elsa the Lion) (Virginia McKenna)
- Born Free (1966) (Family/Drama)
- Christian The Lion (2006)(Animal Adventure)
- Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) (Comedy)
- Curse of the Voodoo (Curse of Simba)(1964) (Horror)
- Daktari (1966 - 1969)(Adventure)
- Dr. Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts
- Family (Animation)
- Frasier The Lovable Lion (1973) (Comedy)
- George of the Jungle (1997) (Adventure/Comedy)
- Kimba the White Lion
- Leonardo Lion of King Leonardo
- Lionheart (1968) (Drama)
- Lions movie Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Living Free (1972) (Elsa the Lion) (Susan Hampshire)
- Living Free (1973) (lions and other African animals)
- Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (2008) (Animated)
- Madagascar (2005) (Comedy)
- Murders in The Zoo (1933) (Horror - Crime - Mystery)
- Napoleon & Samantha (2006)
- Napoleon and Samantha (1972) (Lion) (Johnny Whitaker)
- Narnia - The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe (2006) (Adventure)
- Prey (2006)
- Pride (2004) (lions)
- Roar (1981) (Adventure/Comedy)
- Rogue Lion (1987) (Adventure)
- Savage Harvest (1981) (Adventure)
- Secondhand Lions (2003) (Comedy/Drama)
- Simba`s Pride (1998)
- Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981) (Adventure)
- Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)(Adventure) (Silent)
- The African Lion
- The Chronicles of Narnia series written by C. S. Lewis,
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) (Adventure)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2011) (Adventure)
- The comedic movie Cowardly Lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The Disney animated feature film The Lion King
- The Egyptian (1954) (Drama)
- The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) (Lions) (Val Kilmer)
- The Lion Hunters (1951)(Adventure)
- The Lion King (1994) (lions and other African animals)
- The Lion King 1½ (animated)
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) (Lions) (animated)
- The Lion Man (1936) (Adventure)
- The Lion (1962)(Drama)
- The Wild (2006)
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)(Family)
- To Walk With Lions (1999) (Adventure/Drama)
- White Lion (2011)
- Zookeeper (2011)
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