March 21, 2015 4:13 pm
Updated: March 21, 2015 4:52 pm

Gaza Strip family buys 2 lion cubs from zoo to keep as pets

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WATCH ABOVE: Two lion cubs are living with a family in a refugee camp in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, after a resident bought them from a local zoo and took them home.

RAFAH, Palestinian Territory – These aren’t your typical kittens.

A family in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah has bought two lion cubs from a local zoo, keeping these unusual pets in their home.

The 2-1/2-month-old cubs now play with Saed Eldin al-Jamal’s grandchildren at his home and already eat about half a kilogram of meat a day.

Al-Jamal said Saturday that he knew the cubs eventually will become dangerous. He said: “In one month, they will start being kept in a cage for our own safety.”

Most of the zoo animals in Gaza have been hauled into the isolated territory through smuggling tunnels linking the territory to Egypt. In 2013, a pair of newborn lion cubs died shortly after they were proudly unveiled by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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