Five lions are on the loose near Gulshan-e-Hadeed in Karachi after they escaped from a private farmhouse.
According to reports, five out of six lions escaped from a farmhouse and attacked the dogs of that place.
After escaping, the lions entered a nearby seminary spreading fear and panic among the citizens. Residents of the area called Bin Qasim police and wildlife authorities to handle the situation.
Provincial Wildlife Conservator Javed Ahmed Mehar reached the area to manage the efforts to find and catch the escaped lions. While speaking to a local media outlet he said, “We sent our experts to the area as soon as we received reports of lions’ escape.”
He lamented that keeping lions at the farmhouse is an illegal activity but there is no definitive law forbidding people from keeping wild animals at their place.
“Sindh Assembly has passed a law to regulate the presence of wild animals at private places, however, it is yet to be enacted,” he said while remembering that last year one person was also seen roaming with a lion on a Karachi street.
After an hour-long search operation, wildlife experts finally caught the lions.
The provincial wildlife conservator said that they have called the lions’ owner on Wednesday (today) to take action against him.
Meanwhile, the owner of the lions, while speaking to Independent Urdu, dismissed the reports and said that this was all a fake news.
“Only one of my animals got out of the cage,” said the owner.
He claimed that though the lions did escape their cages, they did not go out of their vicinity.
“All our animals are tamed and do not harm anyone,” he added. “We will be charged for the negligence of one of our workers.”
“We have a farm and have a permit for that,” he explained further. “The license is not been renewed because we did not find it appropriate to visit the office due to coronavirus.”
“Wildlife department official visited the place last night and recorded all evidence.”