Ten five-month old lion cubs flew to Senegal on Tuesday (21 March) from Le Bourget Airport near Paris.
GV EXT. of Le Bourget airport
CU Departure sign
SV Handlers move lion crate
SCU Lion cubs in crate (2 shots)
MS Lion cub lifted out of crate
MS Another cub carried toward plane
MS, CU and SCU Men with cubs at airport(3 shots)
SV Cubs up stairway with handlers
CU Cubs being held
SV & SCU Cubs loaded into aircraft
LV Aircraft takes off
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Background: Ten five-month old lion cubs flew to Senegal on Tuesday (21 March) from Le Bourget Airport near Paris.
They will go to the Niokolo-Koba game reserve -- the largest game-park in Senegal -- some 300 miles (500 kilometres) south of the Senegal capital of Dakar.
The cubs were born and brought up in the zoo at Thoiry a short distance from Paris. Their progress has been followed by viewers of the French television series 'Animals of the World', and a group of eighteen of these viewers -- winners of an animal-drawing competition held during the series -- will accompany the cubs to the game-park.
They will be led by Francois de la Grange, producer of the 'Animals of the World' programme, and Vicomte de al Panouse, owner of the open-range zoo at Thoiry.
SYNOPSIS: Le Bourget Airport near Paris -- where on Tuesday some unusual passengers were preparing for a long trip. Security was tight -- but this time it was not bombs that worried the airport staff.
It was lions. Very small and only five months old, they were getting ready to fly where they have never been before -- Africa. For these cubs were born in a small open-range zoo only a few minutes away from Paris. They are well-known to most Frenchmen, for they have starred regularly in a French television programme called 'Animals of the World' the programme that made this trip possible.
The ten cubs will got to Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park, where they will take up their true roles as kings of the jungle.
The free-range conditions in which they lived in the Thoiry Zoo near Paris will make it much easier for them to adapt to their new wild condition in Africa. Eighteen young French viewers of the 'Animals of the World' programme will accompany them on their journey.