Exotic cats have been spotted in Dubai —again.
The city is known for its record-shattering skyscrapers and flamboyant sports cars, but now it’s also becoming known for something a bit more ferocious: its big cats.
A video of five tigers playing around in the Arabian Sea near the iconic Burj Al Arab has been circulating on social media. The Gulf News claims the video has been shared over 800,000 times in the last few days.
The big cats were scene chasing each other on the beach and cooling off afterwards in the water.
It has not yet been confirmed whether the place was a public beach or a private one but a number of people on social media have suggested that it was filmed near one of the private palaces at King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud street.
The animals seemed to be hybrids of the royal Bengal tigers and white tigers. However, Dr. Reza Khan, principal wildlife specialist of Dubai Zoo/ Safari, Dubai Municipality stated that such animals required permit to be entered into the country.
But it certainly won’t come as a surprise if it turns out that the tigers belong to one of the many uber-rich members of royalty in the Middle Eastern country.
Dubai isn’t new to sightings of big cats. Last year, three other tigers were spotted paddling in the same area.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, also shared an Instagram post recently.
While some of the exotic cats have been bred domestically, many others have been illegally transported into the country. The smuggling trade is highly profitable and a rare white lion can get as much as $50,000, according to a Channel News Asia report.
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