When the circus comes to town, it’s quite unusual for locals to be told to stay indoors for their own safety.
That’s exactly what happened when the Rony Roller Circus travelled through the Italian seaside town of Ladispoli.
Locals noticed a lion roaming the streets of the town and phoned the police. They quickly realised that the lion must have escaped from the circus and together with veterinarians and the circus staff they managed to track him down.
After sedating eight-year-old Kimba, authorities were able to capture him.
The circus owner, Rony Vassallo said Kimba posed no threat at all.
“He met with people in an environment he wasn’t used to… and nothing happened, he didn’t even for a second have the instinct to attack a person.”
Kimba was only lightly sedated and woke up almost immediately after being examined by local vets. The examination concluded that he bore no ill effects from his adventure.
Kimba is one of nine big cats at the circus. He was born and raised in captivity alongside his two brothers and sister.
Animal rights campaigners have been highlighting the circus and have campaigned against keeping wild creatures in captivity.
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