Sunday 20 August 2017

Lion shot dead after pair escape from zoo enclosure

Lions Majo and Motshegetsi have escaped from their enclosure at Leipzig Zoo
Lions Majo and Motshegetsi have escaped from their enclosure at Leipzig Zoo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A zoo was evacuated and put in lockdown after two lions escaped their enclosure.

The zoo, in Leipzig, Germany confirmed that the animals, Majo and Motshegetsi, escaped before they opened on Thursday morning.

In a statement, released to MDR Sachsen, the zoo said that all available security resources were being put into the facility.

A reporter for the website reported hearing a gunshot at 11am (Local Time).

The website later reported that an attempt had been made to stun one of the lions but that proved unsuccessful. The animal was then shot and reportedly killed.

Zoo director Jörg Junhold said: "That was a very sad outcome, I have not hoped for this." He said "human security" was the priority.

The animals reportedly escaped their enclosure, overcoming a moat. Mr Junhold said it was unclear how they escaped.

Both animals were said to be very scared after the outbreak and had retreated into the bushes on the zoo grounds.

One lion was pushed back by a fence in the enclosure.

The police are on site at the moment.

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