Lion Reported Running Loose in Spanish Town Turns out Be a Very Big Dog

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When residents of the Spanish town of Molina de Segura saw a lion roaming the streets, they immediately contacted the police. But things were not all they seemed…

But one certainly wouldn’t want to encounter a wild big cat due to their territorial and aggressive natures.

But there’s no denying how beautiful they are…

And this is one of the reasons why big cats are sadly sold illegally around the world for their fur and other illegal trades.

According to the BBC, nearly half of all cat species are threatened with extinction, and the illegal wildlife trade is driving species like tigers to the brink.

Wild cat species – both big and small – require special licenses to be kept as pets in the U.S. and these licenses are not easy to obtain. Fortunately, this has helped to control the number of wild cats sold as pets around the world.

Many states here in the U.S allow big cats to be kept at pets and people tend to abuse the licensing of these animals to get them into the country.

Big cats are not household pet material…

They are extremely difficult to manage, especially when they become fully grown adults. Pet cats are domesticated for a reason, whilst big cats are wild and are pretty much impossible to domesticate.

The illegal big cat trade is surprisingly large and rampant.

It takes place in Molina de Seura, a village in Southern Spain.

So when residents spotted something strange on the streets, their reaction was quite understandable.

Their mind instantly went to the worst possible scenario – some sort of escaped large cat.

Well, it did look somewhat like a large, frightening lion.

Including what appeared to be a large, bushy mane.

You probably wouldn’t want to see one of them creeping about your town, right?

And they promptly decided to report the incident to the authorities.

This “lion” was microchipped – meaning it was actually a domestic pet…

Was nothing more than a rather large dog.

But there’s still an element of mystery to this bizarre story.

And there’s absolutely no denying it looks rather lion-esque.

Why had this dog been given such a lion-inspired haircut?

“We’re investigating and waiting for some results. We don’t know the motive for shaving it that way. For now, there’s no justifiable motive. We have to confirm the vaccines and documents are correct, but fortunately, the dog is fine,” the official statement reads.  Fancy more doggie action? Scroll on for the hero who’s rescued 6 trapped coronavirus patients from the collapsed hotel.