Tiger, lions, baboons rescued after Chilean quake
Posted : Fri, 05 Mar 2010 22:08:07 GMT By : dpa
Iloca, Chile – Ten circus animals – seven lions, a tiger and two baboons – were rescued Friday in the Chilean coastal town of Iloca, which was ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami last week. The animals, belonging to the circus Los Montini, had survived the disaster and were being cared for by their owners since the February 27 earthquake. But severe shortages of food and drinking water in the disaster zone made conditions for the animals precarious.
On Friday, Agriculture Ministry personnel transferred the animals to zoos and other veterinary facilities.
Circus operators vowed to reclaim the animals within two months. Much of the circus’ equipment was swept out to sea the tsunami that followed the earthquake.