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Lion loose in Utrecht

Last updated 2 years ago by Jon Wilkins

The BBC in the UK had some Utrecht news today as they reported that a jogger running through a field had got a surprise on Sunday when he found an abandoned lion on his route.

The cub, which is believed to be four months old, was found in a small cage outside of Utrecht.

It was taken to the Lion Foundation in the northern Netherlands after being examined by a vet, according to public broadcaster NOS.

Local police have made a public appeal for information on its owner.

It was certainly not business as usual for a force on patrol in Tienhoven, a village about 10km to Utrecht’s north.

On PolitieStichtseVecht Twitter feed @PolitieStiVe they wrote:

“This morning, colleagues received a very peculiar report in Tienhoven. Seen or heard anything?”

Local vet, Peter Klaver, told local news that he was shocked when he arrived at the scene as he had travelled all over the world to stun animals, even lions and tigers, but he’d never experienced anything like this. More worryingly he said that he had found that the cage was not very sturdy and that the cub could have easily escaped.

In the end, Klaven said it was possible to put the lion into the car, so it wasn’t necessary to stun it. Which was certainly the best news for the lion!

Police as usual said they wanted to hear from “anybody who had recently bought a lion” or anyone who could help with information about this particular cub. Perhaps not so usual after all!

Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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