Saturday 23 September 2017

Motorist captures runaway lion on city street by luring it into his car

Wealthy residents of Kuwait are known to keep exotic animals such as lions for pets
Wealthy residents of Kuwait are known to keep exotic animals such as lions for pets

Sylvia Westall

A PASSERBY lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help.

Pictures in Kuwaiti media showed the animal glaring out of the back of a police car after it had been transferred from the passerby's own vehicle. The lion, which police said was a young adult, filled the backseat.

"(The passerby) sat inside the car with the lion and then it became dangerous so the citizen called police who came and took it from that car to their car," a police source said. The lion was picked up as it wandered the streets of Kuwait's Bayan district, south of the capital, yesterday.

Police are seeking the owner of the lion, believed to be someone who was illegally rearing it as a pet in a country where such animals are sometimes considered status symbols by rich individuals.

Reuters

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