Little to no teeth? Broken fangs?
That's what 17-year-old circus lions King and Simba's mouths looked like after serving time in Peruvian circuses. What many lion mouths look like, actually. These circuses are nothing to smile at.
Circus owners "often break their teeth and remove their claws... It's a painful process in which they do not use anesthesia and those doing it are not veterinarians," Eva Chomba, a Peruvian veterinarian with Animal Defenders,told the Huffington Post.
Peru banned wild animals in circuses in 2011 because of terrible suffering of lions, monkeys, bears and other animals, which were frequently whipped and beaten and kept in deprived and appalling conditions. But it's still going on. That's when Animal Defenders steps in.
King and Simba, along with 21 others, were rescued by the Los Angeles-based Animal Defenders International. The two lions were transported to the dentist on February 20 and underwent surgery to fix their teeth, or lack there of.
Unlike the circus, the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation sedated the big cats.
King, unfortunately, wasn't completely cured. He'll have to be taken to an animal sanctuary in Denver, Colorado, to undergo more surgeries, but 26 monkeys took a trip to the dentist that Saturday.
Wishing King and Simba, plus 21 lions and 26 monkeys a speedy recovery. Get well, you 49!
Go into a lion's mouth with this clip from Into the Pride: