A lion that escaped from a circus captivated the streets of Ladispoli on Saturday, triggering a massive operation involving the police, forest rangers, carabinieri, and other law enforcement agencies, according to Italian media reports on the night from Saturday to Sunday.
As the majestic predator strolled through the coastal town, authorities urgently appealed to residents to remain indoors for their safety. The atmosphere was tense as the large feline freely roamed the streets, prompting a mixture of fear and fascination among onlookers.
A lion walks undisturbed in Ladispoli, Rome. pic.twitter.com/J9G8zpkC3v— RadioGenoa (@RadioGenoa) November 11, 2023
The daring escape prompted a swift and coordinated response from various law enforcement agencies. The operation unfolded like a scene from a movie, with police officers, forest rangers, and carabinieri converging on Ladispoli to contain the situation. The goal was clear: to safely capture the escaped lion and prevent any harm to the public.
Ansa, a reliable source, reported that the animal was successfully sedated and safely relocated to a secure location. The lion is reportedly in good health, calming concerns about its well-being following the dramatic escape.
❗️The mayor's office of #Ladispoli reports that the lion has been captured. They were able to tranquilize him and capture him. Now he will be sent back to the circus.— Alexandru Judeu (@AlexandruJudeu) November 11, 2023
#Italy #Rome #escape #circus #Lion pic.twitter.com/wpGKUHVPQu
During the captivating incident, many residents managed to capture the lion’s evening stroll from their homes. Videos circulated on social media, providing a glimpse into the surreal sight of a lion freely navigating the streets of Ladispoli. The footage highlighted the awe and amazement of witnessing such a powerful and wild creature in an unexpected urban setting.
Local authorities have assured the public that there is no longer any threat, and residents can resume their normal activities without fear.