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Lions, bears removed from convicted gangster's property

Vadim Ghirda / AP

A bear chews the bars of a cage at the estate of Ion Balint, known to Romanians as Nutzu the Pawnbroker, a notorious gangster, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Authorities along with specialists of the animal welfare charity Vier Pfoten removed four lions and two bears that were illegally kept on the estate of one of Romania’s most notorious underworld figures who reportedly used them to threaten his victims. Balint was arrested on Feb. 22, with dozens of others on charges of attempted murder, depriving people of their freedom, blackmail and illegally holding arms. Read the full story.

A sedated lion is positioned in a transport cage, at the estate of Ion Balint.Vadim Ghirda / AP