German lion escape: Sad end in Leipzig zoo

German lion escape: Sad end in Leipzig zoo

German lion escape: Sad end in Leipzig zoo

Written by Ranee Mohamed

30 Sep, 2016 | 10:34 am

One of two lions that escaped from an enclosure in Leipzig zoo in Germany has been shot dead after attempts to use a tranquilliser failed.

The male lions, Majo and Motshegetsi, broke out of their enclosure and leapt over a moat at 08:40 (06:40 GMT) on Thursday, before the zoo opened.

They were discovered in undergrowth in a terrified state.

Although one of the lions was ushered back to its enclosure, the other remained agitated and had to be shot.

“This is a very, very sad ending, which I really would not have wished for,” zoo director Joerg Junhold told reporters. “But in this case personal safety had to take priority.”

The two animals, known as Etosha lions after an area of Namibia, arrived at Leipzig zoo only last month from the Swiss city of Basel.

-BBC

 

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