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Residents hide indoors as huge male lion prowls the streets near Rome

By T.K. Randall
November 12, 2023 · Comment icon 6 comments
Lion on the loose in Ladispoli.
Authorities struggled to apprehend the animal. Image Credit: YouTube / Independent / LAV
Authorities ordered local residents to remain indoors as efforts were made to capture the beast.
While there have been questionable rumors of large exotic cats roaming wild in countries in which they don't belong for decades now, there was little doubt about the veracity of reports concerning a fully-grown male lion prowling the streets of Ladispoli, near Rome on Saturday evening.

The enormous beast was filmed wandering nonchalantly down darkened roads in front of parked cars, driveways and gardens as locals remained indoors to avoid attracting its gaze.

Mayor Alessandro Grando put out a general notice for people to avoid going outside as local authorities worked to sedate and apprehend the creature.
According to reports, the lion had somehow managed to escape from a local circus.

It took five hours, but eventually authorities and circus staff were able to re-capture the animal.

"Now he will be taken in hand by the circus staff," said Grando.

"I hope that this episode can stir some consciences and that we can finally put an end to the exploitation of animals in circuses."

Source: Sky News | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 8 months ago
At any given moment, the urge to sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is just a whim away. A whim away. A whim away. I'll get my coat... 
Comment icon #2 Posted by joseraul 8 months ago
here kitty kitty kitty kittty     we would totally hit it off and he'd be my pet.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Montello 8 months ago
thx god that he did not attack anyvone lion was lost in traffic it could be dangerous hungry now he back in circus
Comment icon #4 Posted by openozy 8 months ago
The lion may have felt like Italian for dinner.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gumball 8 months ago
I love the thought of an Italian guy looking out the window in his houscoat and slippers, drinking a beer and a lion strolls by. A rub of the eyes, Mutterings in Italian , the beer down the sink and an early bed. The wife Scolding him all the way.
Comment icon #6 Posted by joc 8 months ago
How ironic!  Take that Roman Empire!

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