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Tiger cub walks among traffic on busy Qatar highway

Video footage, photographs published online show animal dodging cars on Doha Expressway

Tiger cub walks among traffic on busy Qatar highway

Video footage has been published of a tiger cub walking among traffic on a Qatar highway.

A 20-second clip, along with photographs, were published on Tuesday showing the animal on the Doha Expressway, according to reports in Qatari media.

On Twitter, the Ministry of Interior said it was following up on reports of the loose tiger but later photographs of it on a chain being held by a man suggested the situation was under control.

Earlier this year, three people were reportedly charged with public endangerment over an incident that saw a lioness escape from a home in Dubai and prowl the streets for several hours.

Keeping wild animals as pets is seen as a status symbol in the Gulf states.

Although illegal without a permit, is not uncommon for residents to keep wild animals such as tigers, lions and cheetahs as pets in Qatar.

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