The carcasses of four headless lions have been found in the grounds of a former safari park in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The discovery was made after the USPCA regained control of the site at Benvarden, near Ballymoney, on Tuesday.
The USPCA said the animals were all put down humanely, but should have gone into the ground intact.
Norman Elder, who had run the site for the animal charity, said he removed the heads so they could not be stolen and then sold on.
"When they were put down there was a gentleman who said they would make good selling to taxidermists," said Mr Elder.
"I was the only one on site at that time and decapitated them so they could not be dug up and used."
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