Pet lioness’s litter exceeds expectations

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It’s a baby boom for the owner of a pet lion in central Pakistan.

The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five healthy cubs – double the usual two or three-cub litters among lions.

Malik Fazal Abbas said he has had four-year-old Queen since she was two months old. She mated with a male lion that he also keeps at his home in the city of Multan. The pair has already had a litter of two cubs, now nine months old.

Mr Abbas, a cotton and mango grower, said he has a licence from the Pakistani Wildlife Department to keep lions as pets.

He is not the only exotic pet owner in Pakistan. The tiger is a symbol of the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and some supporters keep tigers that they bring out during election campaigns.