Netherlands: Jogger finds abandoned lion cub (Photo)

Netherlands: Jogger finds abandoned lion cub (Photo)
Netherlands: Jogger finds abandoned lion cub (Photo)

Dutch police are looking for the owners of a small lion cub, found abandoned in a cage in a field outside the central city of Utrecht, police and news reports said.

“Today (Sunday) we received quite an extraordinary message: ‘a witness has found a mini-lion in a cage in a pasture’,” the police said on their Facebook page.

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“When we arrived at the scene, we discovered a lion cub in a cage. It seems to have been abandoned,” the police said, estimating the little feline to be about four months old.

The cub was first spotted by a jogger near the small village of Tienhoven, about 10 kilometres north of Utrecht, a local news report said.

The cub was first taken for examination by a veterinarian and later transported to the Lion Foundation in the northern Netherlands, the NOS public broadcaster said.

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Meanwhile, local police and the Dutch food and goods watchdog appealed to the public for information leading to the lion cub’s owners.

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“If you know anybody who recently bought a lion cub, or know anything about this particular cub, please contact us immediately,” police said.