Sorry for the long post but please read . This majestic creature was rescued from the canned hunting industry! A canned hunt is a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill. Basically like shooting fish in a barrel! He was locked in a 2m x 2m cement cage and fatten so much that his belly was dragging on the ground. He had lacerations and open wounds brought about by the caged conditions and had been declawed.
He is currently being looked after by the Aquila Rescue and Conservation Centre and although his enclosure now is much larger, he tends to spend his time in the smaller section of the cage. This is likely due to the many years spent in a small cramped area and he feels safe there.
The hope is to one day reintroduce him back into the wild I don't understand some humans, I think trophy hunting is disgusting enough but canned hunting?? You are beyond disgraceful human beings!
Please also educate yourself before visiting any parks in South Africa (or anywhere for that matter) that allow you to hug/pat cubs of any kind, these parks are likely grooming these animals to be sold and killed in the canned hunting industry! These are WILD animals, it should be enough to see them in their natural habitat so refrain from contributing to this atrocious industry Thanks for reading.