- Two one-year-old lions escaped from their enclosure in Leipzig Zoo of Germany
- Keepers captured one animal using a fence and shot the other with tranquilizer
- Situation went out of control so a zookeepr shot and k****d the other lion to avoid risking human life
LEIPZIG, Germany – It was an unfortunate incident that happened in Leipzig Zoo in Germany, when a zookeeper had to shoot d**d a lion to avoid the risk on humans.
On Thursday, September 29, two lions reportedly escaped from their enclosure and the zoo people immediately started implementing their emergency plan.
As mentioned in The Times of India, the zookeepers were able to force one of the animals back into the enclosure using a fence, while the other was shot with a tranquilizer.
Unfortunately, the tranquilizer failed to stop the animal, as revealed by the zoo’s director Jörg Junhold, who said that: “It’s a very, very sad outcome but we had no choice.”
The one-year-old lions which were brought to the zoo one month ago were named Majo and Motshegetsi. The lions had slipped out into the main grounds of the zoo at about 8:40 am (0640 GMT) before the park opened to the public.
The facility was quickly locked down; making sure the animals could not breach the facility’s fences.
“After Majo was caught and Motshegetsi was hit with a tranquilizer dart, we were hopeful that the breakout could end without any loss of life,” Junhold said. But after all possible efforts were exerted by the staff, and they felt they had lost control of the situation, there was no other option left but to shoot the lion named Motshegetsi.
“Human safety always comes first,” Junhold said, and admitted that what happened surprised everyone because the enclosure, it turns out, had been in operation for 15 years so they had assumed it was secure.
The two lions, who were originally from Namibia, were brought to Leipzig from Basel Zoo. The animals were given several weeks to get used to their new home before being released into an enclosure, where they could be seen by the public.