AN emaciated lion had to have his tail amputated because he had chewed on it whilst he was caged and forced to perform in an evil French circus.
When hew was rescued by animal rights activists he was extremely malnourished, had injuries all over his body and his cruel circus owners had removed his claws and most of his teeth.
Jon was extremely underweight, his rib cage protruding through his fur[/caption]
His tail was so badly damaged that it had to be removed [/caption]
Animal rights group One Voice, behind the rescue mission and who are his legal guardians, said Jon the lion is currently being cared for by the Tonga Terre d’Accueil animal refuge in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, a commune in the Loire department in central France.
The big cat suffered injuries to his head, elbows, stomach, legs and tail – which has now been removed in a one-hour operation.
He was a prisoner at Cirque de Paris, where activists claim he was starved.
The state of his remaining teeth were catastrophic, with many being very damaged or missing, including his fangs.
A huge deep cavity has completely eaten away the root of one removed fang, where rotten food has accumulated.
Although the cavity has been cleaned, the intervention of a specialist will be necessary in order to treat this wound, which his carers said looks painful.
Jon woke up gently and easily after the op, according to his carers.
Despite the pain his tail or mouth may have inflicted on him, they say he has never been aggressive.
Jon has now put on 20 kilogrammes and seems to be doing much better in his temporary home.
To continue his recovery, Jon will continue to be closely monitored and helped to gain weight, and the next step will be to sort out his teeth.
One Voice said that they are hopeful Jon will be allowed to go to South Africa when he is better, but that it is “subject to the authorisation by the court, after the court case.”
They said: “In 10 days Jon has really picked up. His ribs are no longer visible under his fur and he is much livelier than when we rescued him from the circus where he had been exploited for several years.
“He has made enormous progress in such a short time, which proves that his advanced wasting was definitely not due to age or illness but was a clear indication that he was being starved by the owner of the circus.”
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The authorities had reportedly known about the case since October 2018 but it took until June 2020 for them to allow him to be rescued.
The incident took place in the commune of Vironvay in the Eure department in the northern French region of Normandy.
Despite the pain he was in, Jon’s carers say he has never been aggressive [/caption]
He will be cared for at a zoo in France before he is taken to South Africa[/caption]
Jon during his hour-long operation [/caption]
His cruel former owners had removed his teeth, resulting on food to build up in the gaps and rot [/caption]
The big cat was covered in injuries when he was rescued from the circus[/caption]