Transfer of lions, bear from South America to Colorado sanctuary delayed until June

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Lion at Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo

Lion at Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo.

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KEENESBURG, Colo. — The transfer of 33 lions and one bear from South America to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Weld County has been delayed until June.

The lions and bear were rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia and were scheduled to be moved to the sanctuary later this month by Animal Defenders International.

But the group says 40 monkeys need to be moved to a wildlife sanctuary in Peru before the transfer of the lions and bear can take place.

The lions and the ailing bear named Cholita are scheduled to fly to Denver International Airport then moved to the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

“We are disappointed to have a delay, but it is more important to ensure that we have all of the animals ready for their moves to their new homes, especially with the most recent arrivals,” Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said.

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