Flight delays for SFO-bound lions 

Even celebrity Bolivian lions have to deal with flight delays.

The lions, reportedly rescued from captivity in Bolivia after the country banned the practice of using live animals in circuses, were scheduled to touch down at San Francisco International Airport Monday before being transported to a sanctuary in San Andreas.

Due to logistical reasons, their flight has been delayed a few days, spokeswoman Agnes Huff said Sunday. They should arrive at SFO sometime mid-week, possibly Wednesday or Thursday, she said.

Animal Defenders International says it has rescued the lions and is leading them to paradise following a hardly glamorous treatment at the circus.

The animal rights group is also trying to get lawmakers to ban the practice of using live circus animals in the United States.

The lions “have lived their lives in a rusting cage on the back of a truck,” the group said.

“The undercover video that has been shown demonstrates the tremendous abuse,” Huff said, adding that the abuse occurs at circuses worldwide.

Bob Parker, the former “Price is Right” game show host, funded the rescue, Huff said.

The lions won’t be the only stars at SFO this week. Jorja Fox, actress on TV drama CSI, is scheduled to water the lions after they are carted off the plane and checked by a veterinarian, organizers said.

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