The shocking moment a young girl was attacked by a tiger at a market in northwest Saudi Arabia was captured on video, stirring outrage among people in the region.
Footage from the scene shows a tiger being walked around on a leash as entertainment in an open area near a market in Sakaka. A few children run away from the tiger as it prowls past them.
The little girl wanders over to take a look at the tiger, but gets too close. The tiger spins around and lunges at the girl, grabbing her in his big paws.
Within less than a second, the tiger has the girl pinned to the ground. The girl can be heard screaming loudly before the video cuts off.
An update from Gulf Daily News reported that the tiger tamer was arrested after the girl’s father filed a lawsuit against the tamer.
The shocking video has angered social media users who feel even if the animal was tamed it still was a dangerous situation.
“This is a wild animal and its instinct is to attack, so regardless of the time spent taming it, its nature never changes and it’s killing readiness remains strong,” one Saudi user Khalid Al Mutairi commented. “All the necessary measures should be taken to ensure the highest levels of safety. Unfortunately, some people today look at keeping wild animals as a harmless fashion.”
There have been a number of similar attacks in the Gulf States, largely due to the trend for keeping large wild animals as pets.
In March, a Kuwait man died in Saudi Arabia after being attacked by a pet lion. He was trying to train the animal at the time. The lion was shot dead after the attack. attacked a man who was trying to train it visiting its owner after it managed to break free from its rope.
In 2014, a cleaner died in Kuwait after being mauled by a pet lion in the house she worked at.