Police to probe lion spotted in 4X4 in Dubai

Youtube video shows lioness travelling in the boot of a Nissan Armada
Police to probe lion spotted in 4X4 in Dubai
By Beatrice Thomas
Mon 24 Feb 2014 10:02 AM

Police are reportedly investigating a video that shows a lion in the boot of a four-wheel drive vehicle travelling along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The nine-second clip, which has been viewed more than 42,000 times on YouTube, appears to show a lioness in the Dubai-registered Nissan Armada.

A Dubai Police spokesman has said it was looking into whether the video was old or new.

The video appears to have been uploaded on Friday, with the footage showing the lioness pacing in the back of the vehicle.

General Expert Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, operations assistant for the head of Dubai Police, was quoted by 7DAYS newspaper it was not illegal to transfer a wild animal inside a private vehicle, but people should use common sense.

“It’s not logical for a person to transfer a lion or crocodile inside a car. If someone did such a thing and he is arrested, he will be fined for endangering the lives of others,” Al Zafeen said.

“People must be more careful and mature in transferring animals and should use a special company to carry their animals.”

It is not the first time a wild animal has been spotted in a car in Dubai, with a young lion spotted hanging out of a 4X4 at JBR in 2012 and a tiger also reportedly seen in a car on Sheikh Zayed Road that same year.

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