Story By: Anna Guran, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment children crowd around a six-month-old lion that is resting on the bonnet of a car after being walked around a Russian park without a muzzle by its owner.
The incident was filmed in the village of Beliy Yar in the central-western Russian region of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, and was shared on social media where it has been viewed over 40,000 times.
In the clip, the large cub is seen resting on a car bonnet as dozens of youngsters stroll over to look at the potentially dangerous animal. The lion had reportedly just been walked around a park.
According to local media, the lion cub was being walked around a public park without a muzzle by its owner, identified as Amid G., who told reporters it was always his dream to have such a ‘pet’.
However, residents were alarmed when youngsters eagerly approached the cub with one parent telling local media “it is not a big kitten”.
Amid G. explained: “The lion’s name is Ramble and he is about six months old. I took him out for a walk yesterday for the first time.
“He is playful, calm and not at all aggressive. He likes to walk, ride in the car and listen to music.”
Amid told local media that he had been given the lion cub (Panthera leo).
The local authorities were informed about the incident and are reportedly investigating where the lion cub came from.
It is unclear whether the big cat has been seized as the probe continues. In Russia, it is illegal to keep lions as pets.
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