“Beware of the lions!” It was just right to hang such signs near the resort in Montenegro, because in its vicinity … a lion walked around. For a whole month he wandered around the district, until today, finally, he was caught after a long search.
And again, a topical problem for today has surfaced – the illegal import of wild animals by smuggling. According to local media, citing the police, an investigation is underway to determine how the lion got to Montenegro. No documentation of its importation was found.
Bojan Basanović, spokesman for the Nature and Environment Service involved in the investigation, says that the young lion broke free, apparently a month ago, and was found today in a village near Budva, on the Adriatic:
“The lion cub was clearly malnourished and is now being examined by a veterinarian. According to our data, he wandered for 30 days. He is now in a safe place.”
If the veterinarians determine that the animal is healthy, it will be returned to its country of origin (currently unknown) or taken to a zoo.
This is not the first time when wild animals from distant countries are found in Montenegro. In 2007, a resident of the Sutomore community shot and killed one of two Amur tigers in his yard. He claimed that the animal had bitten his mother’s hand.