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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Circus Lion Escapes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A lion traveling with the Russian Circus escaped from his cage for a brief taste of freedom, but ended up having to be ignobly rescued from a monsoon drain during a tour in Malaysia, news reports said Wednesday.

Chomo, a 1-year-old lion with the visiting Russian Circus, leapt from his cage during feeding time early Tuesday.

After roaming through parking lots and a few back yards for a half-hour, Chomo stumbled into a deep ditch intended to trap rainwater. Circus personnel eventually pulled the lion out.