Lions

Lions and tigers to be banned from circuses in Wales
From December it will be illegal for lions, tigers and other beasts to visit Wales in travelling shows.

Lioness has paws full with five new arrivals

Pride of lion cubs
Woburn Safari Park

Dakota, the lioness has got her paws full after giving birth to five cubs at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire.

Cubs with lioness
Woburn Safari Park

The nine-week old mini pride stepped out together for the first time to their specially-built playground.

The latest arrivals were born on 24 April and is Dakota's second litter having given birth to five in 2014.

The cute cubs, along with the pair that were born in July last year to Dakota’s own daughter, Zuri, has seen the pride increase to 13.

Keepers have increased her feeds to ensure she is able to produce plenty of milk for her large litter, until they are fully weaned at around six to eight months old.

Craig Lancaster, head of carnivores, said: "Dakota’s natural mothering instincts are brilliant and as this is her second litter she has settled into life as a mum again really well."

Lioness and cub
Woburn Safari park
It's "roar-right" Mum's just tickling me!
How a lion was removed from house in Lagos
A lion, which was reportedly being used to guard a house in Lagos, has been removed by a task force.

Lion removed from posh Lagos apartment block

Damilola Oduolowu

BBC Africa, Lagos

Lion
Damilola Oduolowu/BBC
The lion was kept in a cage in the residential compound

A lion has been removed from an upmarket residential apartment block - opposite a school - in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

Officers from the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit tranquilised and captured the animal, which had been kept in a cage in the residential compound in Victoria Island. It has been taken to a zoo.

Officials have urged the owner - believed to be an Indian national - to report to police by the end of Monday or risk arrest.

It is unclear why the two-year-old lion was kept in the complex, but local media have reported that it was guarding the property.

Officers had been monitoring the apartment block since Friday after receiving reports from other residents that a lion was being kept there.

* This post has been amended to reflect that the lion was kept in a cage in the residential complex.

Lion 'guards' apartment in Nigeria's Lagos city

Nduka Orjinmo

BBC News, Abuja

Lion
BBC
Lions are one of the most dangerous animals (file photo)

The authorities in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, say they plan to seize a lion living in a residential apartment block in the upmarket suburb of Victoria Island.

According to local reports, the two-year-old lion is said to be deployed as a security guard and is owned by an Indian national.

Yinka Egbeyemi, who heads Lagos state's task force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, said the lion would be "tranquilised" on Monday and taken to a zoo.

* This entry has been amended to reflect that the lion was living in an apartment block.