The clip of a woman carrying a lion in her arms on the streets of Kuwait is all over the internet.
According to agency inputs and media reports, a big lion escaped from a private residence. Local authorities in the Sabahiya area received several reports of the big cat on the loose and soon the environmental police were alerted.
In the CCTV footage that was shared online, a young woman wearing a hijab was seen carrying a lioness down the street. Although the animal look pretty angry and agitated, the woman seemed quite unfazed, as she held on to the big cat. Some local reports suggest the girl and her father are the owners of the lion and that is how they were able to capture the giant cat. They had the big cat as their own pet.
The video has garnered over 2.9 million views. While some were shocked after looking at the video, others found the behaviour of the lioness to be quite similar to that of a house cat.
Environmental police also confirmed that that the lion belonged to the girl and her father. Officers also helped in capturing the lion, after which it was returned to its owners.
Even though owning exotic pets like lions and tigers is illegal in Kuwait, it 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.