Residents of Rome, Italy recently welcomed a wild circus lion back into captivity after the animal made it to the city outskirts.
The lion had escaped from a traveling circus sometime during the afternoon, and local authorities had been on the lookout for the animal ever since. After several hours of searching for the animal, authorities were finally victorious when they managed to locate the lion in an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Rome.
The animal had managed to make it into the suburbs without being noticed, but as dusk began to take hold, it was finally spotted and promptly apprehended. Officials were quick to respond and managed to quickly put the lion into a caged truck before it could escape again.
The lion itself is reported to have been unharmed upon its capture, aside from being extremely stressed from its newfound freedom. The animal was quickly taken back to the circus where it was originally kept to be looked after by its trainers and caretakers.
The event has sparked both intrigue and sympathy among city residents, as many began to worry about the lion during its brief escape. Despite the lion being successfully recaptured, the circus workers involved are said to have learned a valuable lesson. They are now taking extra precautions in order to make sure their animals don’t escape again.
This circus lion’s escape is not the first in recent times, prompting many to question the safety procedures in place for animals in circuses. It’s a reminder of just how sensitive and intelligent these animals are, and serves as a reminder of the responsibility that comes with using animals in public performances.