A lion in Kuwait was found roaming loose in the streets of an upscale suburb before a passerby successfully lured the big cat into a car and alerted police.
The incident raised concerns about wild animals being kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state where having a lion is seen as a status symbol, according to Reuters.
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.
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"(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, on Saturday.
Police are seeking the owner of the lion, believed to be someone who was illegally rearing it as a pet.
Often referred to as the 'king of the jungle,' a lion's body length can exceed eight feet in length and they can weigh more than 550 pounds. They presently only exist in the wild in sub-Saharan Africa, and to a very limited extent in parts of India.
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