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Old 05-17-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Very disturbing sight on 5th Avenue (lion cub)

On our most recent trip to Playa last week, we came across a very disturbing sight on 5th Avenue. The location was at the 5th Avenue Plaza (a group of about 6 art galleries in an open roofed building) There was a young man offering to take pictures with a very young lion cub. The cub was sitting on a table. Everytime he picked up the lion it would start crying.....like it needed its mother.

It was very sad sight to see.

People don't realize that the cub will grow in a very short time into a massage animal. What will happen is that when the cub gets a little bigger, the person will put it in a dog cage. The cub's bones will grow and get deformed because of the cage. It won't be able to leave the cage because it will be a big lion and will kill someone. They will leave it in the cage.

Aren't there any laws in Mexico against this sort of thing? This cub needs to be rescued so that it can live in peace and be secured.






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On our most recent trip to Playa last week, we came across a very disturbing sight on 5th Avenue. The location was at the 5th Avenue Plaza (a group of about 6 art galleries in an open roofed building) There was a young man offering to take pictures with a very young lion cub. The cub was sitting on a table. Everytime he picked up the lion it would start crying.....like it needed its mother.

It was very sad sight to see.

People don't realize that the cub will grow in a very short time into a massage animal. What will happen is that when the cub gets a little bigger, the person will put it in a dog cage. The cub's bones will grow and get deformed because of the cage. It won't be able to leave the cage because it will be a big lion and will kill someone. They will leave it in the cage.

Aren't there any laws in Mexico against this sort of thing? This cub needs to be rescued so that it can live in peace and be secured.






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Wow. Just wow. I'm so disturbed by this. Incredibly disturbed. I get so upset when I see tourists taking pictures with the monkeys and iguanas because there is absolutely no reason that any person should be supporting the captivity of these wild animals. I just don't even know how I would react if I came across this person with the cub. I truly hope I don't see this person when I am there next week.
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We saw that cub. Didn't see the owner handling it while we walked by and looked, so I didn't hear the crying (thankfully).

All the animals (birds, monkeys, iguanas, etc.) that we see being used to tempt tourists into posed photos to make a few pesos... it is sad.
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Wow. Just wow. I'm so disturbed by this. Incredibly disturbed. I get so upset when I see tourists taking pictures with the monkeys and iguanas because there is absolutely no reason that any person should be supporting the captivity of these wild animals. I just don't even know how I would react if I came across this person with the cub. I truly hope I don't see this person when I am there next week.
I actually hope that you do see that person when you are there.

I would like to be there to witness what happens.
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OMG, I am horrified by this. The iguanas I can turn a blind eye to, the monkeys not so much (and have made my opinion of their handlers very obvious whenever I see them) but a lion cub? I might find myself in a Mexican jail if it's still there August. Is ther a good attorney on the list....
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FWIW....they also have a baby jaguar there. They seemed to alternate between the 2 of them daily.
I really wonder how much money they rake in, they wanted $40 to take a picture with YOUR camera.
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I saw the jaguar when I was down a few weeks ago-they weren't soliciting photographs or anything, though. I hope they have a plan for what to do with these animals when they get a little older. I am probably being optimistic...
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We saw that cub too. In fact we spoke with him about it. He was holding the cub and charging people to touch it. We asked where he got it and he quickly said "the mother rejected it". Clearly he's asked that question all the time and has a ready answer. But, I don't believe it for a minute. Obviously, I didn't pay to touch the cub. And I wish I could have stayed and dissuaded everyone else.

You see these types of things all the time in Mexico. It's the thing I dislike the most. A few years ago we saw a baby manatee at Xcaret. A groups of marine biologists were very concerned about it. It had been brought to them by the Mexican authorities to care for it. They told us that a man found the manatee for sale at a market. He knew it was illegal, so he purchased it and promptly turned it over to the authorities. The biologists said they don't know much about young manatees since they rarely breed in captivity. After attempts with lettuce, one of them finally heated up a bottle of milk. He struggled to hold the little manatee to try to feed him. But, once the baby got hold of the nipple he quickly started to drink and settled right down. The biologists all cheered (and so did the crowd). Then the manatee fell asleep in his arms after finishing the bottle! It was so sweet. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd.

Moral of the story, I think the Mexican authorities will do something if you can find the right person.
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And how about the huge industry with dolfins?
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The reason why I put the link to Noah's Lost Ark is because I go to Noah's Lost Ark every year....its here in Ohio. The owner there is a woman who rescues BIG cats. She has about 50 of them now. She says people think they can have one as a pet and then a month or two later......its huge and in a cage. Almost all of them are abused.....very hard for them to adapt anywhere after that. I feel bad for these cats....but good at the same time knowing this lady resues them. She has huge running pens for them.

I just wish so bad I could have done something while I was there to get that CAT out of there.

I've been to Playa about 10 times and this was the first time I saw that.
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We saw the baby jaguar a couple weeks ago too. It made me sick and broke my heart. The guy was charging $40US for a picture and to touch it. I still think about it. I told the guy what I thought, but I wish there was something more I could have done than just walk away. And ranchhand, I agree about the dolphins.
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The reason why I put the link to Noah's Lost Ark is because I go to Noah's Lost Ark every year....its here in Ohio. The owner there is a woman who rescues BIG cats. She has about 50 of them now. She says people think they can have one as a pet and then a month or two later......its huge and in a cage. Almost all of them are abused.....very hard for them to adapt anywhere after that. I feel bad for these cats....but good at the same time knowing this lady resues them. She has huge running pens for them.

I just wish so bad I could have done something while I was there to get that CAT out of there.

I've been to Playa about 10 times and this was the first time I saw that.

the guy told us that the cat was on loan from the zoo
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I'm glad you posted this. I thought I was the only one disturbed by it because there were a lot of people crowded around it. It makes me sad that this is happening. They only stay cute and cuddly for a little while. My husband is from Playa and he was surprised to see those guys with them. He said it's against the law and he asked the girl that was working in the store across from them what's up with those cats and she told him that they have permission. Although I highly doubt that. I hope the authorities do something about this. I hate animal abuse...
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The reason why I put the link to Noah's Lost Ark is because I go to Noah's Lost Ark every year....its here in Ohio. The owner there is a woman who rescues BIG cats. She has about 50 of them now. She says people think they can have one as a pet and then a month or two later......its huge and in a cage. Almost all of them are abused.....very hard for them to adapt anywhere after that. I feel bad for these cats....but good at the same time knowing this lady resues them. She has huge running pens for them.

I just wish so bad I could have done something while I was there to get that CAT out of there.

I've been to Playa about 10 times and this was the first time I saw that.
Thanks for that link; I had no idea this place was in Ohio. It looks like they do really good work.
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Thanks for that link; I had no idea this place was in Ohio. It looks like they do really good work.

if you are close by,its worth the drive.they are doing a very good thing there at noah's ark

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