French Police seize another lion cub from Paris suburb apartment

French police seized a six-week-old lion cub from an apartment in a Paris suburb, and arrested its owner, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday.

French Police seize another lion cub from Paris suburb apartment
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The female cub was discovered in a child's bed in the apartment of neighbours of the 30-year-old suspect, who was found hiding in a closet, they said. 

The cub was in good health, and was handed over to wildlife officials. 

Police were alerted by videos circulating on social media, in which a man offers the cub for sale for about €10,000 ($11,470), said the source.

It was not known where the lion came from.

The source said it seemed the suspect had bought the cub with the intention of reselling it, and that it was very likely stolen. 

Strangely enough, this isn't the first lion cub to have been rescued by Paris authorities.

Last October, a half-starved lion cub was found in an empty apartment in the gritty Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Sec, after the animal was abandoned by a man who 'hired it' to show off.

Fortunately, King's carers were able to find him a new home in an animal reserve in South Africa last August.


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  1. These people who do this kind of thing are, to my mind, as bad as rapists and paedophiles and should be locked up and the key thrown away.

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Lion cub found inside luxury car on Champs-Elysées

A lion cub was found in a flashy car on the Champs-Elysees in Paris Monday evening, a police source said, the latest incidence of the fluffy-but-fierce animal apparently being kept as a pet.

Lion cub found inside luxury car on Champs-Elysées
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The baby lion was discovered inside a hired Lamborghini during a police search on the busy luxury shopping street, according to the source, confirming earlier media reports.
The driver was taken into custody and the cub was being looked after, they said.
Last month, a six-week-old lion cub was seized from an apartment in a Paris suburb and the owner sentenced to six months in prison.
During that trial, the prosecutor said the discovery was not an isolated case and investigations were already underway into three other baby lions kept on the outskirts of the capital.
In a separate incident also in October, a tiny lion cub weighing just a few kilos was found in a car garage in the southern French city of Marseille.
That cub, a female believed to be between one and two months old, has been passed on to a specialist NGO which works to shelter wild animals.

Half-starved lion cub found abandoned in Paris flat