Kuwait woman seen fighting to control 'escaped pet lion'

Kuwait woman seen fighting to control 'escaped pet lion'
2 min read
04 January, 2022
The big cat was controlled after it escaped onto a residential street in Kuwait, according to reports.
The feline was carried by its owners through the streets of Kuwait's Sabahiya area on Saturday [Getty]

A woman in Kuwait has been seen carrying a "pet lion" in public after it was reportedly caught roaming a town in the Gulf state on Saturday, according to reports.

The large lion cub is seen in the video struggling to break free as the woman - said to be its owner - carries it through the streets of Sabahiya, about 32km south of the capital Kuwait City.

It had escaped into a residential area sparking panic before it was captured, local outlets Al-Watan and Al-Anba reported.

Environmental police investigated the case and found the owner of the lion, a security source told Al-Anba.

The lion was then brought to a zoo by authorities, The New Arab's sister paper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.

Some social media users appeared shocked by the scene, with one Twitter user reposting the video stating: "Kuwait is wild".

Big cats have been kept as pets by some residents in the Gulf, but the trend has been criticised by animal rights campaigners and governments have started to clamp down.

Some people on social media criticised the latest big cat escapade, with one writing that lions should be in the wild - not in Kuwait.

Others seemed entertained by the incident, with one user joking: "My neighbour and her dog seemed to not be getting along last night."

In August 2018, another lion escaped from a Kuwaiti home and roamed the streets before it was detained and handed over to a zoo, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.