Egypt unveils a rare discovery of mummified big cats, cobras and crocodiles at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, Giza, Egypt, Saturday.
Dozens of mummified cats, 75 wooden and bronze cat statues, mummified birds, and an enormous mummified beetle three to four times the normal size, which were discovered by Egyptian authorities, are displayed at the exhibition.
Two of the five large mummified big cats have been identified as lion cubs, while the remaining three will be analyzed to determine their species. Archaeologists frequently find mummified cats but the discovery of a lion is rare.
Egyptian officials hoped the announcement would draw visitors’ curiosity back to the country, boosting the country’s tourism industry.