This is a tragic end for an animal that was kept out of its element. It may have been destined to have its parts used for Traditional Chinese (or Asian) Medicine.
Officers reportedly fired 20 shots at animal, which is thought to have jumped out of a lorry that was transporting it.
How the protected animal came to be on the road in Anhui, eastern Chinese, was not clear, but the illegal raising of endangered species is not unusual in China.
Aside from a small population in north-western India, lions are native only to Africa, but the illegal raising of endangered species can be lucrative in China as some of their body parts are deemed to have curative properties in traditional Chinese medicine.
She had escaped and was roaming the streets. Police found it in the best interest of everyone to take down the animal. No one has claimed ownership of the animal.
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