The Communal Living Biopark Pachuca is the first refuge of its kind in Mexico to rescue, rehabilitate and relocate exotic animals. Roselle Chen reports.
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This wild animal sanctuary in Mexico's central state of Hidalgo is treating sick and mistreated animals and then helping relocate them to their natural habitats.
"Patients" at the refuge range from lions to monkeys to snakes and even an American brown bear called Invictus, who came from a circus where they cut his snout.
Currently Invictus is in stable condition, and the medical team is preparing him for reconstructive snout surgery so that his tongue isn't always hanging out.
There is also a two meter long boa constrictor in the park that came from another circus.
The snake is covered in burns, which rescue workers say came from the act he used to be involved in.
While the animals are recuperating they're on display to the public.
Manager Erika Ortigoza Vazquez says she hopes people will see that wild animals aren't meant to be pets or performers.
SOUNDBITE: Erika Ortigoza Vazquez, rescue unit manager, saying (Spanish):
"We need to reconsider. Wild animals are not pets or artists. They are animals and they have a life. We owe them a debt so the least we could do is treat them with respect."
Mexican states have recently banned the use of animals in circuses, which has caused outrage within the circus community.
The Communal Living Biopark Pachuca is currently caring for 278 animals from 52 different species.
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