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Man arrested after taking his lioness on a joyride

By Mason White 2:48 PM June 19, 2017
The lioness on the truck
The lioness on the truck
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Traffic slowed down as people took videos and selfies as a man rode past them with a lion.

The incident occurred when a Pakistani businessman took his pet lioness for a stroll through the city.

However, businessowner Saqlain Javed was arrested after the video of the lioness being driven in the back of a pickup truck went viral on social media.

The video that was posted on YouTube, shows the lioness wearing a leash and sitting on the pickup truck with the front legs over the side of the vehicle while riding through the city of Karachi.

Javed was sitting behind the lioness and he was holding the leash while someone else drove his truck.

Javad told police that he was taking the animal home after a visit to the vet to get its vaccinations.

Senior police superintendent Muqadas Haider said that Javed was charged with negligent conduct with an animal as he endangered public life and property by driving around with his lioness near the market.

At a bail hearing, the man’s attorney told the judge that he has a license for the pet, which he got in 2007, and that he is a law-abiding citizen.

The judge set his bail amount at Rs 20,000 ($310) and Javed was ordered not to remove the lioness from his property.