AN animal lover who lives in a remote mountain town keeps two adult lions as pets. Ales Basista, 53, rescued his first lion from a circus two years ago when it was just seven months old. Lion cub Alex was born with a deformed spine and Ales is convinced he would have died if he had stayed in the circus. Lioness Mijanka was just four weeks old when she joined the family a short while later at their home in Stupava in the Czech Republic. Ales's is one of several stories which appears in new Animal Planet series Preposterous Pets which starts on Animal Planet UK at 8pm on April 3.