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Man charged with illegally operating private zoo

A man has been charged with illegally operating a private zoo near Budapest with endangered and potentially dangerous species, the Pest County prosecutor's office said on Friday.

The zoo in Erd showing including lions, pumas, crested porcupines and Arctic foxes, among other species, was ordered to close down in 2017, the prosecutor’s office said.

Despite the warning, the owner reopened the facility where a 2019 inspection discovered additional animals, the statement said. The man is now charged with damaging the environment, it said.

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