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Brazilian police find stolen lion at a breeding farm

lions sit in a cage at Rancho dos Gnomos, a wild animal ranch in Brazil Credit: Reuters\Caetano Barreira

Police in Brazil have located a lion that was stolen from an animal shelter in the state of Sao Paulo.

The police chief of the city of Maringa Sergio Barroso says officers recovered the lion at a breeding farm 320 miles from the sanctuary where nine-year-old Rawell was stolen three days ago.

Mr Barroso says they searched there because of a dispute between the small ranch's owner and the sanctuary.

He told a local radio station hat the rancher previously owned the lion and contends he still does.

Mr Barroso says a caretaker was detained when the lion was found and the rancher has been summoned to appear before authorities.

The 660-pound lion was not harmed and will be staying in the city of Maringa until the matter is cleared up.