Lion cub found in Lamborghini by Paris police

The lion cub lies down in a cage playing with a red rag Image copyright AFP
Image caption The female cub is said to be named "Putin"

Police officers patrolling Paris's Champs-Élysées received reports of a lion cub in a luxury car.

On stopping the green Lamborghini, officers discovered the driver taking pictures with the animal.

The 33-year-old man reportedly insisted it was "just a cat", but was arrested.

The female cub, said to be named "Putin" and about two and a half months old, has been taken to an animal shelter run by the NGO "30 Millions d'Amis".

Last month another cub was discovered in an apartment in the Paris suburbs.

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