Lions, exotic animals caged in Istanbul café

The owner of a nargile (shisha) café in Istanbul’s Beykoz district kept caged animals including lions on display as an attraction for visitors, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.

Lions, parrots, horses, crocodiles, and birds were reportedly kept in the café, which is said to have obtained a licence as a “tourism related zoo and animal rehabilitation centre.”

The Turkish Ministry of Forest and Water Management began investigating the café after images of the animals circulated on social media.

Film clips shot at the café show lions kept in glass walkways around a seating area for customers.