In a bid to attract customers, a Turkey restaurant has devised an unusual plan — to put a lion cub behind a glass corridor! Yes, a posh cafe called Mevzoo in Istanbul has wildcat displayed behind the glass wall, as customers enjoy a meal. The eatery shared a few videos of the cub called Khaleesi on Instagram, causing a huge debate and uproar online.
Not just the lion, the cafe which claims to be a ‘rehabilitation centre’ for wild animals also has two crocodiles, 35 rabbits, several flamingos, four snakes, four horses, two parrots, and an iguana, according to The Independent.
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One video of the lion pacing in anger, as a toddler keeps running outside went viral across social media platform and stirred outrage online. According to reports, thousands have signed a petition to ban the place.
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However, when the Turkish Ministry of Forest and Water Management investigated the place after getting complaints, they couldn’t let the animals free as the owner operates a zoo below the cafe. “Mevzoo keeps most of its animals in cages underneath the cafe, in a ‘zoo’ that is registered with the Ministry of Forestry,” the report added.
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As the owner has the “necessary paperwork”, the animals were allowed to stay there but the authorities have asked them to take the glass wall down in three months time.