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Hard to say goodbye

2009-12-01 03:04:42 GMT2009-12-01 11:04:42 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Lucian Craita hugs a lion named Richie as it is relocated to South Africa from his courtyard near Urziceni, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Bucharest, November 30, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lucian Craita kisses his lion Richie as it is relocated to South Africa from his courtyard near Urziceni, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Bucharest, November 30, 2009. Craita said he has been raising Richie since it was a cub and on Monday, he passed Richie to Vier Pfoten, an international animal rights foundation, which will relocate Richie, and three other lions from Romania, to Lionsrock, a big cat sanctuary in South Africa. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lucian Craita plays with his lion Richie as it is relocated to South Africa from his courtyard near Urziceni, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Bucharest, November 30, 2009. Craita said he has been raising Richie since it was a cub and on Monday, he passed Richie to Vier Pfoten, an international animal rights foundation, which will relocate Richie, and three other lions from Romania, to Lionsrock, a big cat sanctuary in South Africa. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lucian Craita plays with his lion Richie as it is relocated to South Africa from his courtyard near Urziceni, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Bucharest, November 30, 2009. Craita said he has been raising Richie since it was a cub and on Monday, he passed Richie to Vier Pfoten, an international animal rights foundation, which will relocate Richie, and three other lions from Romania, to Lionsrock, a big cat sanctuary in South Africa. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A lion named Richie is seen in its enclosure as it is relocated to South Africa, near Urziceni, 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Bucharest, November 30, 2009. Craita said he has been raising Richie since it was a cub and on Monday, he passed Richie to Vier Pfoten, an international animal rights foundation, which will relocate Richie, and three other lions from Romania, to Lionsrock, a big cat sanctuary in South Africa.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Craita has been raising Richie since it was a cub and on Monday, he passed Richie to Vier Pfoten, an international animal rights foundation, which will relocate Richie, and three other lions from Romania, to Lionsrock, a big cat sanctuary in South Africa.

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