Subsequently, in 2002 the group were transferred to a different kind of captivity: Baia Mare Zoo. Unfortunately, the conditions there were arguably no better. As FOUR PAWS International later wrote on its website, the lions exchanged the circus “for a concrete prison.”
Indeed, their cage was nothing more than a small concrete box. And not only were their living quarters inadequate, but there were also soon to be more lions, too. That’s because Lavinia became pregnant with Petrica’s cubs, and she gave birth the following year.
The cubs – who were called Marin and Tarhon Big – shared their parents’ sentence in the Baia Zoo. Fortunately for them, though, the zoo eventually came under scrutiny for its poor conditions. As a result, it was assessed by the authorities, who deemed it inadequate.