A rare cave lion in Australia has been captured by an animal conservation group, and its owner is concerned that its survival could be threatened.
The man, named by ABC News as Robert, had been living with a female lion in the eastern Arnhem Land National Park in Queensland.
“Robert is a very shy animal.
It’s just a really shy and secretive animal,” Rescue Wildlife Australia chief executive Chris Taylor said.”
It’s probably only around 15 or 20 people in the park so they’re very lucky.”
Mr Taylor said Mr Taylor had spoken to a local woman about the situation, who told him Mr Taylor and the female lion had a long history of conflict and had been involved in fights.
“She said they had been fighting about 10 years ago and they had taken it into the bush for some reason and now it’s gone,” he said.
Rescued lion’s name ‘Robert’ Risk for survivalThe Queensland Wildlife and Parks Department (QWP) has released a statement on its Facebook page saying the man was “safe and sound” and that “his wellbeing has been assessed”.
“Robert was not harmed during this incident, but he was very anxious and stressed,” the QWP said.”[He] has had his claws cut off and his teeth knocked out.”
Rescues have been made for more than 150 animals in the Arnhem National Park.
“The majority of these animals are wild animals that were trapped and put into captivity by humans,” Ms Taylor said, adding that Mr Taylor would have to be put in quarantine for three weeks before being released.
“That’s the maximum time we would put a wild animal into quarantine before they’re released.”
“Robert’s recovery will be assessed over the coming days.”
‘It’s not like you see wild animals’Mr Taylor also warned people not to approach any wild animals.
“Don’t approach a lion or tiger or bear or any of these big cats or any wild animal.
If you’re in the bush, don’t approach them, they’re dangerous,” he told ABC News.”
If you see a wild predator and you see the behaviour of a wild lion, or a wild tiger or a lion, don´t approach them.”
The ABC has contacted Mr Taylor for comment.