When This Rescued Lioness and Lion Cub First Met, What Happened Went Beyond Anyone’s Dreams

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Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

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.

Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

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.

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Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

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.

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