KOSTANAI, Kazakhstan, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan said they received a call from a shocked motorist about a lion in the car parked next to his vehicle.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the city of Kostanai said the man reported the lion Monday morning and authorities determined it had been purchased by a businessman for his private zoo, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.
"The lion was left in the parking lot because its owner returned late from his trip. The cage containing the predator was locked, and the lion was calm," the spokesman said.
He said the businessman, who bought the lion from a Karaganda, Kazakhstan, zoo, has since relocated the large cat to his private zoo.