Friday, 2 November 2018

Roar deal: tiny lion cub found caged in Marseille garage

Lion cub, about two months old, second to be seized by French authorities this week

Agence France-Presse in Marseille

Fri 26 Oct 2018 20.16 BSTLast modified on Fri 26 Oct 2018 20.34 BST

French customs agents have discovered a lion cub in a car garage in the southern city of Marseille, they said on Friday – days after another was found in the Paris suburbs.

The tiny cub, weighing just a few kilos, was found on Wednesday inside a pet’s travel cage in a garage to the city’s north. She is believed to be one to two months old, said Bruno Hamon, deputy chief of Marseille’s customs office.

A garage employee, who was temporarily detained by customs agents, said only that he had taken the cub from a Marseille building after its former owners said they were overwhelmed by the situation.

The animal was handed to the SPA animal protection charity, which has passed her on to a specialist NGO which works to shelter wild animals, customs officials said in a statement.

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