On Monday a lion cub was put up for sale on the Twitter web site. Photographs of the cub was tweeted together with a price tag of Dh30,000 by a Dubai based pet shop. Today wildlife officials of the United Arab Emirates have taken the cub into custody.
The pet shop owner who is currently unidentified but went under the Twitter name of PetMateUAE has since taken down the tweets and claimed that he was not selling the lion cub but just looking for a home for it.
He has claimed to local media that the lion cub was not his but belonged to a friend who had bought it in a market at Sharjah and wanted to try and find a suitable home for it. He said that the cub would not have been given to someone unless they had all the permits required for keeping the lion.
The store owner who shop tagline is ‘selling all sorts of pets in the UAE’ said an official from the Ministry of Environment and Water, the agency responsible for animal welfare in the emirates, had taken custody of the lion today.
Reem Al Thawadi, from the Emirates Wildlife Society said the non-profit group was working with the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi to trace the lion cub’s origins.