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Petition seeks to have zoo's lion, 3 cubs transferred to sanctuary

They say keeping animals in captivity is unnatural and cruel.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A petition with 50,000 signatures wants the Indianapolis Zoo to transfer its lions.

The Care2 petition wants Zuri and her three cubs sent to a lion sanctuary.

Earlier this month, she attacked and killed her mate, Nyack. Animal welfare advocates started the petition right away.

They say keeping animals in captivity is unnatural and cruel.

It cites lion experts struggling to figure out why a lion would attack her mate.

Nyack and Zuri lived together for 8 years without any incidents.