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Rare lion cubs saved

THEIR mother was shot and they were driven through a civil war, destined to be pets in the Middle East - until Somali authorities intervened to save two lion cubs smuggled aboard a ship in the country's port.

The two cubs are believed to be rare Berbera lions because of their spotted coats. They were confiscated four weeks ago after Mogadishu's port manager reported his suspicions to Bancroft, an organization training African Union peacekeepers in the Somali capital.

The cubs are now being cared for by Bancroft staff, who have suitable facilities and veterinary care because they provide bomb-sniffing dogs.


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