The lion cub is called Khaleesi Image: Instagram/ Mevzoo
Hefty discounts, freebies, live performances – restaurant owners come up with several ideas to attract customers. But an Istanbul-based cafe, Mevzoo, has done something really unusual to increase its footfall.
The eatery's owners have put a lion cub in a glass case, and the audacious practice is being dubbed by Netizens a case of animal cruelty. Videos of the cornered cub are doing the rounds of Instagram. In one of the clips, we can see a kid attracting the animal's attention by running up and down the length of the transparent corridor. The cub has been named Khaleesi.
According to a report by The Independent, the food joint claims to be a "rehabilitation centre" for animals. Apart from the cub, it also has two crocodiles, 35 rabbits, four snakes, four horses, two parrots, an iguana and several flamingos.
Oytun Okan Senel, president of the Turkish Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, lashed out at Mevzoo, and tweeted, “In the middle of Istanbul, the humiliation! Animal abuse in the 'rehabilitation centre' decorated hookah café.”
As many as 2,700 people have signed a petition against the eatery. And here's how Tweeple reacted to the video:
Soon after the images of the animals went viral, the Turkish ministry of forest and water management reportedly ordered an investigation into the matter.