Indeed, someone declawed the poor lioness to allow tourists to pose with her for souvenir photographs. And when Masrya grew too large to handle, her owner restricted her to a tiny cage.
In fact, Masrya spent the majority of her time in that cage – until she was around two years old. Worse, her owner kept her on display outside a shop in Cairo.
Masrya’s life changed, however, after a German woman named Saskia Berandt saw her on the busy street. Yes, Berandt took a photo of Masrya in August 2012, but this was not a keepsake. In fact, Berandt shared the photo of the caged lioness online.