SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 21 – The Management of Kano Zoological Garden has said the escaped lion in its custody has finally been captured and returned to its cage. The Managing Director of the Zoo, Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, confirmed the capture of the lion in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Monday.
According to Gwadabe, the animal was captured around 7:00 a.m. on Monday by the staff of the Zoo that used to feed it on a daily basis. The operation was to be conducted after the arrival of some experts from the National Park, Abuja but luckily around 7:00 a.m. today, our staff were able to use their expertise to put it back into its cage. I’m happy to tell you that the escaped lion has finally been captured and taken back to its cage this morning,” he said.
According to media reports, the reinforcement from the National Park, Abuja arrived Kano around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday for the operation. The escaped lion was said to have killed three goats and an ostrich before moving into the bush within the premises of the zoological garden on Saturday night. Recall that the lion escaped when rangers were about to put it back into its cage after returning it from the national agricultural show in Nasarawa State.
Officials of Kano Zoological Gardens had on Sunday, said if harmless ways to capture the escaped lion failed, they will have no option than to kill the animal to save the lives of the people. This was after the lion had broken into ostrich cage last night and ate one of them before the authorities lured the animal into its cage with two goats.
The managing director of Kano Zoological Gardens, Saidu Gwadabe, said the beast had so far eaten two ostriches and a number of goats. “The lion has now taken over the ostrich cage and killed two,” he said.
According to Mr Gwadabe, zookeepers from National Park Service, Abuja have arrived at the zoo to capture the escaped lion, which broke out of its enclosure on Saturday night.
He said the Abuja rangers came with 10ml shots of tranquilisers as the lion resisted the 1.5m shots they darted at him.
“When we shot tranquiliser at him earlier in the morning, it shook it off and moved away. Experts told us that a big cat of that size needs at least 10ml of tranquiliser at once.
“So we sought assistance of the National Park Service in Abuja which despatched a team of rangers. The only available flight they could board was that of 4:15pm.
“So they arrived here around 6pm when it is already getting dark. The rescue operation is ongoing as I speak to you.
“We assembled some vehicles to light up the angle where the lion holes up. The problem we face now is that the dart guns available to us don’t fire over a long distance,” he said.