Here is Jon, lion of 10 or 15 years old recovered a few days ago by the Tonga association.
This starving lion, arrived in St Martin la Plaine, was entrusted by "One Voice" association, further to a seizure by the authorities in a circus in Normandy.
He weighs only 116kg, almost half the weight of a lion his age.
His coat is very damaged with many skinless areas.
It is a bruised lion, it bears many wounds on the body, in particular on its tail which presents several open wounds some of which are very deep.
The state of its dentition is very degraded, several teeth are very damaged and it no longer has a hook.
Jon has no claws either.
He has a very soft character, he shows no sign of aggressiveness and even seeks contact.
The former owner claims that because of the coronavirus, he could not feed him ...
And what about the wounds?
Once healed, a place awaits Jon in a reserve in South Africa
Tonga is a center is unique in France
The association collects wild animals seized by the authorities for lack of authorization to detain, poor conditions of detention or ill-treatment. They come from circuses, laboratories or individuals.
The association's premises are located near the Espace Zoologique de Saint Martin la Plaine and are not open to the public.