More than 50,000 people have been displaced by flood water in the region of Piura in northern Peru and hundreds of houses have been flooded. Many local residents are being taken to shelters set up by the government, while others refuse to leave their land and prefer to stay on high ground in their communities.
Animal Defenders International organized the largest airlift of lions ever this week, flying 33 former circus lions from Peru and Colombia to a sanctuary in South Africa. The lions will spend their golden years at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, South Africa.
Veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as “Pitito,” doesn’t get the jobs he used to. But every morning the 91-year-old clown still sips his coffee and studies an old notebook where he keeps hundreds of pages of jokes and comedy moves he has built up over almost nine decades in the circus.
“The businessmen think that an old clown can’t make people laugh, but they are wrong,” said Farfan.
His four children have asked him to retire, Farfan says he cannot do that. “I will only stop clowning on the day I die.”
(Photos by Esteban Felix/AP Photo)
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The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on the lake, which according to Peru’s tourism board is the world’s highest navigable lake at over 4,000 meters above sea level. The Uros fish and hunt, but tourism is their main source of income.
Inmates perform the Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” inside Peru’s Sarita Colonia prison.