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Kuwait launches investigation into death of maid attacked by lion

Minister says legal procedures will be taken against those responsible for the woman’s death

Kuwait launches investigation into death of maid attacked by lion
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Kuwait authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a Filipino maid after she was attacked by her employer's pet lion.

Minister of Health Dr Ali Al Obaidi, who has ordered the investigation, said legal procedures would be taken to deal with those accountable for the woman’s death.

Lourdes Abejuela was reportedly taken to hospital after she was attacked last week by the lion, which escaped from its cage, but was at first discharged.

Quoting Abejuela's friend, local papers said the domestic helper then suffered headaches, prompting her employer to take her back to hospital, where she died.

The death came weeks after UAE emirate Sharjah moved to clamp down on residents having exotic animals as pets, with a new order banning the possession of dangerous predators.

Earlier this year, Dubai Police reportedly investigated a video that showed a lion in the boot of a four-wheel drive vehicle travelling along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The nine-second clip on YouTube appeared to show a lioness in the Dubai-registered Nissan Armada.

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