A lion was filmed wandering the streets of Ladispoli, near Rome, for hours on Saturday evening after escaping from a circus.
Residents of this coastal city were warned by the mayor via social media to stay at home while the police and circus team tried to capture the lion. Five hours after his original message, Alessandro Grando announced that the animal had been “stunned and captured.”
The mayor also thanked emergency services and volunteers who helped capture the lion, which was returned to the circus. “I hope this episode can raise awareness and that we can finally put an end to the exploitation of animals in circuses,” Grando said.
According to “Corriere della Sera”, it took about seven hours to catch the lion, named Kimba, who had to be captured twice with tranquilizers after waking up for the first time.