Pet lion returned to owner after Cambodia PM intervenes

The lion was seen playing in TikTok videos at a villa in Phnom Penh. Neighbors were alarmed by the videos, with authorities soon confiscating the animal in a rescue operation.

A pet lion that was seized by authorities last week in Cambodia has been returned to its owner, after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen personally intervened in the situation.

The 18-month-old cub, whose name is Hima, is owned by a Chinese national. It weighs 70 kilograms (154 pounds) and was trafficked into Cambodia from abroad.

The lion had been both declawed and defanged.

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