Lion on Karachi’s streets: Owner and pet taken into custody

A video circulating on social media showing a lion being transported in Karachi’s Karimabad area in the back of a pickup truck prompted police to make an arrest, taking the lion and its owner into custody after concerns were raised about the safety of citizens in the metropolis.

The video, which went viral Wednesday night, shows curious bystanders circling the pickup to get a better look at the lion, which hangs out over the side of the pick, tongue lolling out of its mouth. A rickshaw draws up to the pickup, hesitant to go any further, before stopping right in front of the lion.

Passengers inside the car the video was shot in can be heard questioning the sense behind transporting a large wild cat in such a manner. “What will they do if something happens in the city?” asks a woman.

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