Animal Planet’s “Growing Up Lion” – Was There a Happy End?
Editorial by Anonymous, 12/21/2008
Animal Planet recently released its five DVD gift, which includes
“Growing Up Wildcats". One of the episode features lions at the Wild
Animal Orphanage (WAO) in Texas.
However, the touching story of Rex, Sheba and Leo portrayed in “Growing
Up Lion” is just that—a very nice tug-at-your-heart story. Shortly after
the film crew left San Antonio, the lion cubs were removed from their
large natural enclosure and returned to the property where they were
raised. They were placed in a much smaller enclosure where Rex was
killed by his cage mates (as documented by the USDA/APHIS on 10-10-06).
Jambo, the father of Amy, died under unusual circumstances at the same
facility in 2007. Sheba and Leo can be seen on tour at the original site
where they were raised along with Sebastian—but the cage they live in
now is a far cry from the spacious enclosure shown on “Growing Up Lion.”
Amy’s current health status is currently unknown.
USDA Report on Death of REX
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