Born Free Foundation released this emotional short film called The Bitter Bond. It follows the life of a lion that’s in captivity.

Anyone who’s watched programmes about zoos will know that lions kept in captivity are much tamer and more docile than ones in the wild. Even if adulthood, they can be petted and held by the owners. This is in stark contrast to the ones you’ll see in the wild, who would eat you up at the first opportunity.

In this film, we see the close relationship of one keeper who’s looking after a lion in captivity. When it’s old enough, it’s released back into the wild. Happily ever after right? At the end of the video, we’re dealt a hard blow, as we realise that not everything is as it first seems. We’ll let you watch it for yourself, but we’ll warn you that it won’t leave you with a smile on your face. The video brings to light the cruel practices inflicted upon lions and the unfair way that they’re treated in some areas in Africa. It’s a harsh reminder of the horrible things that are often done to one of the world’s most majestic creatures.

Born Free Foundation|The Bitter Bond|3D Animation

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