Authorities of Cambodias largest city, Pnom Penh, seized a lion on Sunday. The 18-month-old lion was stripped of his claws and canines, lived in a villa and was used by its owner for Tiktok videos
Cambodian authorities found the lion as videos of the predator went viral on Tiktok video website. “People dont have the right to keep rare animals as pets,” the Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra says about the case.
According to Wildlife Alliance, an animal protection organization that helped with the raid, the conditions in the villa were “inappropriate for a wild animal”. In addition, the lions canines and claws were removed, which, according to the organization, drastically reduces the quality of life of a lion.
The owner of the lion, a Chinese man who illegally imported the lion, is fined $30,000. The lion has been transferred to a wildlife shelter.