A lioness had suffered such appallingly cruel treatment at the hands of her owner in his mechanic’s workshop in Mexico, where she had been forced to live, that she died from her injuries after being rescued.
The man, 44-year-old Eitan Hernandez, had pulled out the cat’s teeth and claws to keep her as a pet in his workshop in Tlaquepaque, in the central-western Mexican state of Jalisco. Named Madonna by her cruel owner, the lioness weighed only 88 lbs, less than a third of an average adult lioness, and had open wounds covering her back and legs.
A lion’s average lifespan is 29 years in the wild and about 13 in captivity. According to papers found in Mr. Hernandez’s home, Madonna was 19 at the timeshe was rescued by officials from the local animal rights group Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa). The lioness was rescued along with a lynx.
1. Madonna the lioness was found malnourished and injured in a mechanic’s workshop in central Mexico.
2. The lioness, thought to be around 19 years old, weighed less than a third of a normal adult lioness, and had open wounds on her back and legs.
Following the rescue, Profepa found a new home for Madonna in the United States, but the cat was unable to recover from her injuries and died. The group’s spokesman Eugen Lozada Zamudio said:
The animal was in an appalling condition and being kept in an entirely inappropriate location. It was not only suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight, but it also had open wounds on its back and on its legs.
In many places it had lost large patches of hair, and worst of all we found that at some stage its claws and its incisors had been pulled out presumably to make it less likely to harm its owners.
She had difficulty walking because she had been in a cramped space for so long.
The lynx which we recovered was also having difficulty moving because in contrast to the lion it seemed to have eaten too much and was severely overweight.
3. Madonna’s owner, 44-year-old Eitan Hernandez from Tlaquepaque in Jalisco, had pulled out her teeth and claws in order to keep her as a pet in his workshop.
4. A local animal rescue group had found a new home for Madonna in the United States, but the lioness was unable to recover form her injuries and died.
Both cats were transferred to the Biopark Rescue Unit Coexistence Pachuca, where vets attempted to bring them back to health and the lynx is reportedly doing better.
Lions are classified as an endangered species in Mexico and paperwork is needed to own them. Eitan Hernandez may face a fine over his cruel treatment of Madonna and the lynx.
This is not the first time the Mexican authorities have rescued an animal without claws and teeth. Earlier this year, a bear named Invictus died after being rescued from a circus cage. The animal was found to have lost his jaw to an infection caused by the fact his teeth had been pulled out.
5. Mr. Hernandez may face a fine over his cruel treatment of Madonna the lion and a lynx, which was also rescued from his workshop.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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