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Panic In Karachi Locality After Lions Roam Freely In Compound Of House

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Residents of Gulshan-e-Hadeed locality in Karachi are terrified after finding out that six lions were roaming outside their cages in a compound of a house.

Geo News reported that residents consequently called the officials of the wildlife department. “When the team reached the area, the staff had already moved the lions back to the cages,” it quoted Sindh Wildlife Conservator Javed Mahar as saying. According to Mahar, it was a grave violation of the Sindh wildlife act.

About the practice of keeping wild animals at home, the official said the Sindh Wildlife Department does issue a mini-zoo permit for residents who wish to keep animals at home. However, this permit doesn’t pertain to keeping ‘carnivorous’ animals in domestic settings.

“These lions could have harmed the people had they escaped from the compound,” he said, adding that these lions should have been kept in cages.

Mahar said that the lions’ owner had been summoned to the wildlife department, with the relevant documents, at 10:00 am on Wednesday for an open hearing where he will be given an opportunity to provide clarification on the “serious violation” that he had committed.

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