Lioness attacked and killed a man in Saudi Arabia

A Kuwaiti man has been killed on Tuesday morning in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kuwaiti man was killed by a lioness who he had been attempting to train inside of a recreational facility located in the Kingdom. The mauling incident was reported to the police in the Hafr Al Baten area, northern Saudi Arabia, by a friend of the victim who had requested urgent help. Despite several efforts to save his life, however, the victim could not survive the horrific attack and died at the hospitals from the injuries he had sustained in the thighs and neck. The friend of the victim stated that he was the main trainer of this lioness and he had gone out to the neighborhood market to buy groceries when this unfortunate attack occurred.[irp]

He stated that upon returning from the market to the facility, he was completely shocked to see the horrific sight of his friend being killed by the lioness. He immediately took a knife and killed the lioness in a desperate bid to save the life of his friend. The authorities throughout the GCC or Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprise of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and KSA, have given several warnings to residents and citizens to not keep any sort of on domestic animals in their majlises or homes. Keeping exotic pets and wild animals as pets at home has sort of becoming a status symbol or fashion statement amongst the youth, who usually rear these animals.

This phenomenon has taken on huge proportions as purchasing any illegal wild animals has now become incredibly easy, mainly via the various social media platforms which are where they are freely advertised and dealt in. In December of 2014, five lawmakers of Kuwait had pushed for an enactment of a law which will incriminate the sale, purchase or dealing of these wild animals.

The members of parliament, Kamel Al Awadhi, Ahmad Al Qudhaibi, Adnan Abdul Samad, Ahmad Al Azmi and Rakan Al Nisf had suggested that all of the violators will be jailed for six months and will also be fined 20,000 DINAR. Any exceptions to the law should be decided by the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources and should also be limited to individuals, circuses, and zoos. This move by the lawmakers is following the untimely tragic death of a Filipino domestic worker who had been killed by the lion which had been kept as a pet by her sponsor. She dies at the hospital a few days after she had been attacked by the animal.[irp]

The authorities have apprehended the sponsor or employer who has admitted that the Filipino worker had been indeed mauled by the lion that he had kept at home, and then the authorities launched an investigation into the strange and incorrect behavior by the medical staff at the hospital. In September of 2013, a Kuwaiti man averted what could have been a tragedy after he was successful in luring a lion roaming the streets into his car prior to calling the police.

Source: Gulf News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.