It was not a typical lost-and-found report for police in central Netherlands.
Local police in the village of Tienhoven reported on Sunday, Oct. 7, that an encaged lion cub was spotted in a field. A jogger passing by had seen it, reports BBC.
Veterinarian Peter Klaver said the cub could have escaped from the cage, but there was no need to stun it when it was brought into the car, as per RTL Nieuws via BBC.
The cub is estimated to be about 4 months old and was taken to the care of non-profit Stichting Leeuw (Lion Foundation).
Dutch netizens have been both angered and saddened by the situation, with many wondering why one would abandon the cub, or even own one and place it in a cage in the first place.
Despite the outrage, the cub seems to be in good hands, according to updates from the Lion Foundation. As of yesterday, he was given the name Remy. The group said he has been eating and sleeping a lot, and will undergo a medical check-up on Wednesday.
Update leeuwenwelp Onze kleine kanjer is goed de eerste nacht doorgekomen. Hij heeft heerlijk liggen slapen en de eerste hapjes zijn ook gegeten. Hij krijgt nog heel licht verteerbaar voedsel omdat niet duidelijk is waar hij aan gewend is. Ook het eerste speelgoed is dankbaar in ontvangst genomen. Team stichting leeuwLion Cub UpdateOur little champ has had a good first night: he slept well and ate his first food. At the moment, we're giving him easily digestible food since we're not sure what he is used to. The first toys have also been received with gratitude.Stichting Leeuw Team