Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lion cub dies after sedation by officials in train incident

An 80-pound lion cub died last Wednesday after it was tranquilized by police officials when it was released by its owner on a train and began behaving aggressively.

The nine-month old lion was being transported by her 24-year-old owner, Lyudmila Kosovskaya, from Moscow to Surgut. Shortly into the journey, the owner let the lion out of its cage, and it began acting aggressively. Train personnel contacted police officials who subsequently contacted the Yekaterinburg Circus to help them deal with the animal, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

At a stop in Yekaterinburg, police and veterinarians boarded the train and shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart, but the dosage proved to be fatal. Kosovskaya was allowed to board the train after telling ticketing agents that her feline was a large domestic cat. Police are now searching for the woman for questioning, according to Komsomolskaya Pravda.

"I am now at home," Kosovskaya said, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. "My lioness [was] killed, and I'm still hiding from the police. What kind of nonsense [is this]?"

Yekaterinburg Zoo officials, who helped in the effort to subdue the lion, said they were unsure of how train personnel could have confused the 3.5 foot lion cub for a cat. Meanwhile, police plan to begin an investigation of the railway's culpability in the incident.