A lioness in an Iranian zoo attacked and killed a keeper and escaped with a mate
before the pair was captured again, local media reported on Monday.
“The lioness, which has been in the zoo for several years, managed to open a door of
the cage, get out and then attack the 40-year-old guard who had just brought food to
the pair of felines,” a zoo employee told state broadcaster IRIB.
Read Also: South African fitness coach is shot dead in a botched armed robbery during a live Zoom exercise class with 200 clients
He said “the two animals managed to escape” Sunday from their cage in the zoo in
the city of Arak, Markazi province, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of
Tehran. “Immediately after the incident, security forces took control of the zoo”, Amir
Hadi, the governor of the province was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
He added that “efforts to capture the two felines alive have been successful”.