DUBAI: A lioness was found roaming the streets of Dubai in the city’s Al Barsha neighbourhood on Friday after escaping from its owner’s home.
The animal was subsequently captured by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality and taken under the care of a local zoo.
“The lioness was brought to the zoo at 11am on Friday after being captured by the Dubai Municipality,” said Dr Reza Khan, Head of the Zoo Section at the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality.
African lions are ‘endangered,’ must be protected
In the UAE, it is illegal to keep endangered or threatened wild animals as pets under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
This article originally appeared in Khaleej Times