Wednesday, 17 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Comedian Vic Reeves helps save three leopard cubs

Comedian Jim Moir (better known as Vic Reeves), his wife Nancy and daughters Lizzy and Nellie, recently flew out to the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa with international wildlife charity, The Born Free Foundation.

Jim, a patron of the charity which was founded 30 years ago by actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE and her late husband Bill Travers MBE, was asked to assist a team of wildlife professionals in moving three rescued leopards - Sami, Alam and Namira - to their new enclosure at the Born Free Big Cat Rescue Centre on the Reserve.

The triplets were sedated by Dr Johan Joubert, and carefully moved with the help of Land Rover Experience to their new home. 

The Moir family assisted throughout and were thrilled to be able to get so involved.

Jim described moving the leopards as: “An incredible experience. They’re such big, powerful beasts that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere near them when they are awake!”

Describing the moment the animals arrived in their new enclosure, Nancy said: “When we saw them go into their new home we all cheered!”

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