No, I’m not talking about the Syrian President:

A starving lion cub has been found left to die in a cage in the sweltering Mediterranean sun on waste ground in the Lebanese capital Beirut, an animal welfare group said on Friday.

The Lebanon-based group Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) found the cub on Friday morning after it received an anonymous call saying that it had been spotted in Karantina, just east of Beirut.

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Footnote: Assad is Arabic for Lion.