LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (WUSA9) -- An infamous Romanian gangster known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker was arrested on Feb. 22, however it's his pets who are nabbing the headlines.

Romanian authorities seized four lions and two bears from gangster Ion Balint's estate five days after the arrest on Feb. 27.

Although nothing has been confirmed it's being speculated that the lions and bears were used to intimidate Balint's victims.

Balint is fighting several charges including attempted murder, kidnapping, blackmail and illegal possession weapons.

*If you are on our iPad app, please click the VIDEO button to see this gallery.

Read or Share this story: http://on.wusa9.com/1bNrZoN