Poachers in South Africa killed two lions that were rescued from circuses last year, authorities said.
The male lions, José and Liso, were two of the 33 that were freed from circuses in Peru and Colombia, according to CBS News. They lived in the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, South Africa — which is where the poachers killed them last week. It’s unclear why the lions were killed.
Back in January, lions at another South African animal park were decapitated and had their paws chopped off — possibly for use in traditional healing rituals.