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Simba the lion: Abandoned cub victim of Russian wildlife trade begins new life in Italy

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A young lion is beginning a new life at a wildlife sanctuary in Italy after being found abandoned as a cub in Russia — a reminder, according to the charity that helped save him, of the trade in wildlife.Simba was emaciated and mewling in distress when he was discovered in a cardboard box in a deserted garage near Moscow.

Just weeks old and lacking most of his fur due to a skin condition, he was so weak he could barely stand."While little is known about how Simba ended up in such desperate circumstances, it is likely he is an innocent victim of the cruel wildlife trade and was discarded due to his poor condition," says the Born Free Foundation, which helped organise the lion's journey to western Europe, just months before the outbreak of war.The young cub was rescued by volunteers in the summer of 2020 in the Moscow suburbs.

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