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Police Seize Lion From Man Keeping It Illegally As Pet After He Posted Videos Online

Cops have seized an 11-stone lion being kept illegally by a man who gave himself away by posting videos of his ‘pet’ online.

Police officers and volunteers from the NGO Wildlife Alliance raided a property in the district of Boeng Keng Kang in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, on the morning of Sunday, 27th June.

They went to the property after receiving reports that the occupant was keeping a lion as a pet.

The male pet lion confiscated in Phnom Penh by authorities in Cambodia in June 2021. (Cambodia Ministry of Environment/Newsflash).

According to local media, officials first learned of the case in late April, when they saw footage posted to TikTok of the big cat being bathed and cuddled.

Inside the villa, the officials found a male lion aged one and a half years and weighing 154 pounds.

Its owner, a Chinese man, had allegedly been raising the lion at his property since it was an infant.

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He is believed to have imported the wild animal, which had been declawed and defanged, from abroad.

Local media report that before it was seized, the big cat was consuming some six kilogrammes (13 lbs) of raw meat every day inside the villa and was being kept alongside a pet dog.

Owning endangered species is illegal in the south-eastern Asian nation, which is home to some 950,000 Chinese, who comprise three to five percent of the population.

The male pet lion confiscated in Phnom Penh by authorities in Cambodia in June 2021. (Cambodia Ministry of Environment/Newsflash).

The lion (Panthera leo) is native to sub-Saharan Africa and western India and is categorised as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Habitat loss and conflicts with humans are believed to be the pose the greatest threats to the species’ survival.

Local media report that the feline has since been transferred to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre some 25 miles south of Phnom Penh by road.

Authorities in Cambodia while confiscating the male pet lion in Phnom Penh in June 2021. (Cambodia Ministry of Environment/Newsflash).

It was not reported whether the lion’s owner will face charges for his breach of the law.