Lion Kills Lioness At Dallas Zoo

Posted: Nov 19 2013, 2:21am CST | by , Updated: Nov 19 2013, 2:27am CST, in News | Other Stuff


Lion Kills Lioness at Dallas Zoo
Image Credit: The Dallas Zoo (Twitter)

A lion killed a five-year old lioness in an unfortunate incident that took place at the Dallas Zoo. The rare occurrence happened before a crowd of visitors who looked on in horror.

It is something that has rarely taken place before. A lion bit the neck of a female lioness and kept her down for ten to fifteen minutes. Another lion in the pride joined the first one and the five-year old lioness named Johari died on the spot. It appeared to be an unprovoked attack yet the veterinary experts say they have yet to see such an animal act in the annals of zoology. 

The Dallas Zoo announces the sad new on its twitter account.

The zoo authorities are looking into the case and think there might have been an event that triggered the savage attack. Usually lions don’t attack one another as long as they belong in the same pride. But this is the first such in-group attack in captivity. 

Lynn Kramer, vice president of animal operations and welfare at the Dallas Zoo, said, "This is a very rare and unfortunate occurrence. In my 35 years as a veterinarian in zoos, I've never seen this happen."

Many of the visitors thought the lion was playing with the lioness. It was only after a while that they realized to their shock and horror that it was planning to kill the five-year old female. By then it was too late. The struggling lioness died and the lion backed off. 

The lioness had just recently had its fifth birthday in the form of applause from zoo staff and a frozen cake. It was a sad incident and the male lions that attacked the five year old have been removed from within the vicinity of the other lionesses.  

Source: Reuters

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