A passerby catches a runaway lion in Kuwait over the weekend and it made international news. On Sept. 9, The Christian Post reported that a man was driving through an "upper class neighborhood" when he spotted the runaway lion. He decided to try and lure the lion into his car and return it to its owner. Not surprisingly, the lion became aggressive -- after it was in the man's backseat.
According to the report, the man got out of the car and called police. The lion was transferred from one backseat to the other. Police did not know who the lion belonged to but in the area, it's common for people to keep lions as pets -- it's a sign of great wealth.
The passerby catches a runaway lion story gained interest around the world mainly because it's a very uncommon occurrence and it's not something that many people are used to hearing about. Police are currently investigating the situation.
"If someone buys a very expensive animal, he is boasting that he has enough money to get anything he wants. If he has a tamed wild animal like a lion, he is trying to show off that he is brave. But this is not courage; this is animal rights abuse," said Jasim Ali, who rescues abused animals at Ras Al Khaimah Wildlife Park, about a year ago.
The passerby catches a runaway lion story may be fascinating to read about but the most important thing is that the animal isn't being harmed or abused by his owner.
© Effie Orfanides 2013