"The lions need to be quarantined in their own country before being sent to a permanent home," James Holden, a representative with WVS, told The Dodo. "There is no suitable facility for this in Armenia, so we must build one."
And it's clear the lions can't stay where they are. Mery, the mother, and Zita and Gita, her grown daughters, have spent years trapped in the tiny metal cells, reportedly built into the side of a truck. Previous reports said the animals were being "driven mad" by the confinement and hunger. One of the lions, Zita, has wounds on her head from repeatedly banging it into the metal bars of her cage.
A recent video released by WVS shows the lions pacing relentlessly inside their tiny cages, nearly frantic from the stress of their close quarters.