A Saudi national had a lucky escape after he survived a mauling by a lion at a recreational facility. The wounded Saudi was deeply injured and taken to a hospital in Buraydah, the capital of Al Qaseem Region in north central Saudi Arabia.
Authorities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have often warned residents against keeping non-domestic animals in their homes or in majlises.
Keeping wild animals and exotic pets at home has turned into a fashion statement among the young and rich who see rearing them as a status symbol. The phenomenon has taken ominous proportions as the purchase of illegal wild animals has become easy, mainly through social media platforms where they are advertised.