Video of Yemeni man giving bath to lion goes viral

Most lions dislike water and giving a bath to a lion can be a deadly gamble. Yet in Yemen a supposed lion breeder chose to do just that.

His video battling to control a full-grown lion while giving him a shower in a cage is being widely shared on the internet.

At some point when the lion appeared irritated, the man pushed the beast’s head down and shouted “sit down,” forcing it to obey.

The scene may not be unusual in Yemen, as the country is known to be a breeding hub for wildlife animals, which are frequently smuggled across the border to be sold in the rich neighboring counties.

According to a recent report by the Guardian, the price of lion cabs can reach more than $13,000 (50,000 Saudi riyals) apiece and that “animal trafficking represents an enormous opportunity to people in one of Yemen's poorest regions.”

“A loose network has sprung up, trading not just lions but also cheetahs, leopards, gazelles, hyenas and monkeys,” according to the report.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42