US

Mexico airlifts big cats, coyote to Colorado wildlife sanctuary

  • A lynx named "Black" peers from a container before being placed on an airplane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will take it to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The owner of Black, who had it as a pet in Pachuca, turned the lynx over to authorities after he was unable to continue caring for it, according to Mexico's Wildlife Protection agency, PROFEPA. Black joined another lynx, a puma and a coyote for the trip to the Colorado wildlife sanctuary where animals can roam relatively freely. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A lynx named "Black" peers from a container before being placed on an airplane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will take it to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The owner of Black, who had it as a pet in Pachuca, turned the lynx over to authorities after he was unable to continue caring for it, according to Mexico's Wildlife Protection agency, PROFEPA. Black joined another lynx, a puma and a coyote for the trip to the Colorado wildlife sanctuary where animals can roam relatively freely. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexican Navy sailors place a rescued lion aboard a plane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will fly her and others to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Wednesday's flight was the second installment in an airlift that will eventually take about two dozen animals to the sanctuary. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexican Navy sailors place a rescued lion aboard a plane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will fly her and others to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Wednesday's flight was the second installment in an airlift that will eventually take about two dozen animals to the sanctuary. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Containers of rescued wild animals sit in a plane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will fly them to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Mexican authorities put eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a special trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Containers of rescued wild animals sit in a plane in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, which will fly them to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. Mexican authorities put eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a special trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican authorities have put eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a special trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.

Wednesday's flight aboard two Mexican Navy aircraft was the second instalment in an airlift that will eventually take about two dozen animals to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.

Biologist Ignacio Millan said it was the first time Mexico's Navy had participated in the animal relocation effort.

Millan said the lions, lynxes and puma had been taken from private homes, zoos or circuses where they were often mistreated.

The coyote had been used in witchcraft ceremonies.

Millan said that nine tigers still remain to be transferred to the sanctuary, where animals can roam relatively freely