Very sad ending to lion trying to escape from Leipzig Zoo in Germany


Lions has escaped from an enclosure in Leipzig zoo on Thusday in Germany. One has been shot dead after it became agitated as they tried to tranquillise it.

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.

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 short distance from their enclosure in undergrowth in a terrified state. Around 40 zookeepers surrounded them with vehicles in an attempt to usher them back.
Although, they succeeded in returning one of the lions  three hours later with the aid of a fence back to its enclosure, the other remained agitated and had to be shot. Local media said Majo had survived, but Motshegetsi had been killed.
"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."

In a tweet, Saxony police said: "The initial joy that there was no danger for visitors now turns into sad news of the death of a lion"
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The enclosure had been at the zoo for 15 years, the director said. They had never had problems before but would now review security. 

Most Zoo was closed on Thursday
The last time lions escaped from their enclosure in Leipzig zoo was in 1913, prompting a widespread hunt that ended with all six lions being killed, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported.
Source: BBC

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