Riyadh: Saudi security authorities arrested a man after he was spotted walking with a lion on a main road in Jeddah.
His arrest came after security agencies were alerted that the man was seen with the wild animal outside a cafeteria, according to a report.
Police patrols headed to the site where the man — a Saudi national — was found keeping the lion inside his car.
The man handed the animal over to the city’s municipal authorities.
The Saudi Wildlife Commission had issued a warning against keeping wild animals as pets or trafficking in beasts in breach of the law.
It urged the public to contact security authorities and report houses or farmhouses where wild animals are being kept as they pose a threat to people’s safety, Sabq reported.