Our picture shows the joyous moment that mum Kiara was reunited with her cubs Scarc and Mahla.
Kiara had been cruelly separated from her cubs by the circus, but in two dramatic raids on the circus just over a week apart all the animals were rescued and mother and infants reunited. Kiara had been mourning and we will never forget her sorrowful roars into the night as she called for her cubs. Then as we arrived back with her cubs on our truck, she went bolt upright. We placed their holding unit next to hers and slowly lifted the door. It was only open a few inches when the cubs squeezed through, pushing their faces into hers, whilst Kiara licked their heads. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WHENEVER YOU SEE BABY ANIMALS BEING PASSED AROUND FOR PHOTOGRAPHS THAT THERE IS A MOTHER THEY WERE TORN FROM.