A viral video shows a woman carrying a lion in her arms on the streets of Kuwait. According to the Middle East Monitor, the pet lion sparked panic in Kuwait City after escaping from its enclosure and entering a residential area. Local authorities in the Sabahiya area received several reports of the big cat on the loose.
In footage that has gone viral online, a woman – said to be the lion’s owner – was seen carrying it in her arms. The lion was filmed struggling to break free and heard growling as it was carried down the road. Watch the video below:
Owning exotic pets like lions and tigers is illegal in Kuwait, but continues to be a common practice. Exotic pet owners often rely on their connections to ensure they are not penalised – but the trend of keeping lions, cheetahs, tigers and other predators as pets has been facing growing criticism from activists worldwide.