Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lion attacks lioness at zoo

November 2013: An investigation has been launched into why a male lion attacked and killed a lioness at Dallas Zoo in Texas in front of shocked onlookers. Five year-old Johari died after being bitten in the neck by a male lion in her pride and there were no visible outward signs of trauma.

Five lions lived together at the zoo, two males, Denari and Kamaia, and three females, Johari, Lina and Josiri, and after the incident the keepers immediately brought the other four lions off of the exhibit, which remained closed for the rest of the day. 

“Johari was a remarkable animal, as are all of our lions,” said Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo. “This is a very rare and unfortunate occurrence. In my 35 years as a veterinarian in zoos, I’ve never seen this happen.”

The lion habitat is in the Giants of the Savanna area of the zoo. The Serengeti Grill, which has a wall of glass windows that look onto the habitat, is one of the most popular places to see the lions.

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