A gigantic lion was caught on video stalking through a busy town, with the weird incident unfolding in front of stunned witnesses yesterday.
In the footage, the lion, a fully-grown male with a bushy mane, struts along a town street and an area of wasteland in Kazakhstan while the sun comes up.
The lion is initially seen at a distance prowling over the rough terrain but then sits outside the gates of a large house.
In close-up footage on the road, the lion’s full size is visible and he bares his teeth while crossing the path of a car while witnesses film from relative safety inside.
The cameraperson said the animal appeared to be stressed when he first came across it with a friend in his car.
It didn’t appear to be aggressive in the footage, but it looked disorientated as it roamed around past streets and residential houses.
The video was filmed in the town of Aqshuqyr in the western Kazakh region of Mangystau in the early hours of June 24, according to local media.
Unsurprisingly, the footage has caused a stir and been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube in less than a day.
Police arrived on the scene and contacted environmental officials who managed to capture the lion, local media reports.
The animal is said to be in good health, but the authorities admitted they still do not know where it came from.
Police have opened an investigation to find the possible owners of the dangerous animal.
Fortunately, no one was reported injured while the lion prowled the streets.
This comes after harrowing images showed the abuse of a lion cub called Simba who was exploited as a tourist attraction in Russia.
In a vile effort to stop him escaping, his hind legs were deliberately broken by his cruel minders.