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Tug of war over stolen lion in Brazil

Published on May 4, 2014 3:35 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - A male lion named Rawell is at the centre of an ownership dispute in Brazil after the creature was abducted from his sanctuary and surfaced later hundreds of kilometers away.

The 300-kg animal was knocked unconscious on Thursday with a tranquiliser dart and spirited away from the Monte Azul Paulista sanctuary in Sao Paulo state, local media reported.

On Saturday, Folha de Sao Paulo and Globo dailies reported on their websites that Rawell was found in a shelter some 500 kilometres away at Maringa, in neighbouring Parana state.

The site belongs to Rawell's former owner, Ary Marcos Borges da Silva.

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