LION ON THE LOOSE — A circus lion that escaped over the weekend in an Italian town has made headlines after it was seen walking down a residential street.
The adult male lion, named Kimba, escaped from the Rony Roller circus on Saturday in the seaside town of Ladispoli, near Rome, which is home to around 40,000 people, according to the New York Post. The lion was seen roaming around heavily populated streets for hours and walking around parked cars and in front of the gates of houses.
“The town’s mayor, Alessandro Grando, took to Facebook to warn residents to stay inside while circus staff and law enforcement officers worked to contain and recapture the lion,” the New York Post explained.
With the help of Italy’s state police, local police, the Carabinieri military police force and local volunteers, the lion was eventually sedated and captured by authorities.
Although the New York Post said the lion sent the town into a “state of panic,” the good news is there were no injuries reported during the lion’s stroll.