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Arrests Follow Joyride With Lion
Arrests Follow Joyride With Lion

Arrests Follow Joyride With Lion

Thai woman among those facing charges over illegal possession of cub

(Newser) - A woman claiming ownership of a lion cub is facing prison time in Thailand, where the animal was paraded around in an open-top Bentley. Police became aware of the scene through videos shared online , per Business Insider . Though the lion appeared calm for the joyride through the streets of Pattaya,...

That's Probably Not a Lion After All, Say German Police

Animal roaming near Berlin is probably a boar, say authorities

(Newser) - It appears that a roaming "lion" in neighborhoods near Berlin isn't a lion after all. Authorities now think the animal spotted by witnesses is actually a much less sensational wild boar, reports the BBC . Boars are common in the area, and authorities have found zero physical evidence of...

'Exceptionally Handsome' Lion Killed by Rivals

Serengeti lion king Bob Jr. ruled with his brother

(Newser) - Being the lion king of the Serengeti is not a job with a great retirement plan. Conservation officers at Tanzania's Serengeti National Park say Bob Jr., a pride leader considered Africa's most photogenic lion, was attacked and killed by a group of younger rivals that probably included some...

Male Lion Kills Intended Female Partner at Alabama Zoo

Akili was fatally injured by a lion named Josh

(Newser) - A female lion was fatally injured while being introduced to a newly acquired male companion at the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama, officials said Tuesday. Akili, who was born in 2005 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and had been at the Birmingham Zoo since 2007, couldn't be saved after being injured...

'Stray Lion' in Bushes Was Just a Shopping Bag
'Stray Lion' Alert Leads to
Much More Innocuous Find
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'Stray Lion' Alert Leads to Much More Innocuous Find

It was a shopping bag with a lion's face on it in the bushes outside a Kenyan home

(Newser) - A farmhand in Kenya may be feeling a little foolish today, but also pretty lucky: His anxiety-ridden "stray lion" sighting turned out not to be a lion after all. The BBC reports on the incident that took place in Kinyana, a village not far from Mount Kenya National Park,...

Woman's Stunt at Bronx Zoo May Have Been Her 2nd

Police are seeking trespasser who climbed over barrier at lion exhibit, much like incident in 2019

(Newser) - An incident at the Bronx Zoo this week was reminiscent of one that took place about two years ago in the same spot—and it looks like it may have been a stunt pulled off by the same perpetrator. NBC News reports that at around 4pm on Thursday, a blonde...

9 Big Cats at National Zoo Being Treated for COVID

Keepers aren't sure how the lions and tigers got sick

(Newser) - Lions and tigers and … COVID? Several big cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, have tested positive after showing symptoms like decreased appetite, lethargy, and sneezing, per NBC 4 Washington . Zoo officials aren’t sure how the big cats got sick—they’re too far from visitors...

6 Lions Dead, Mutilated in Uganda Wildlife Park

Dead vultures suggest how it happened

(Newser) - Six dead lions were found in a renowned African wildlife park and officials say there are clues it was foul play. Per NPR , the Uganda Wildlife Authority said in a statement that the animals were discovered Friday in Queen Elizabeth National Park with their body parts missing and dead scavengers...

Teen's Body Found in Zoo's Lion Enclosure
Lions Eat Teen
in Safari Park

Lions Eat Teen in Safari Park

Pakistan teen had gone out to cut grass for cattle fodder

(Newser) - A teenager in Pakistan who went out to cut grass for cattle fodder ended up being eaten by lions in a safari park, authorities say. The remains of 17-year-old Muhammed Bilal were found Wednesday in the lion enclosure at Lahore Safari, the BBC reports. The teen, who lived in a...

Photos Bring Sudanese to Help Starving Lions
Plight of Skeletal Lions
Grabs Globe's Attention

Plight of Skeletal Lions Grabs Globe's Attention

They're in a Sudanese zoo

(Newser) - The photos are jarring and have been seen around the world: malnourished lions kept in rusted cages at a Sudanese zoo that can no longer afford to care for them. Osman Salih, the activist who first posted the photos to Facebook , wrote that "their bones are protruding from the...

2 Weeks After Death of Mate, Lion Falls Into Zoo Moat, Dies

Isis died less than 2 weeks after her mate was put down at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago

(Newser) - A 14-year-old lion at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago mysteriously fell into her enclosure's dry moat and died less than two weeks after her mate was put down for age-related issues, officials said. After the female African lion named Isis didn't show any signs of recovery from the...

Zoo Shocked After Lioness Eats Newborns

Keepers can't explain Kigali's behavior

(Newser) - Keepers at the Leipzig Zoo in eastern Germany say Kigali the lioness gave birth to two cubs last Friday, and she initially seemed to be caring for them normally. Then, to their horror, she ate them. Zoo officials say they were shocked by the behavior of the lioness, who had...

They Went to See the Lions. They Got a 'Bit Too Close'

4-year-old girl in critical condition after attack at lion farm in South Africa

(Newser) - The owner of a South African lion farm has conceded that the big cats in his charge sometimes "play a little rough," but an incident at the farm Sunday went far beyond play, leaving a 4-year-old girl in bad shape after one of the lions reached through a...

Attacked Again by a Pet Lion. This Time, Fatally
He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard.
The Inevitable Just Happened
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He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard. The Inevitable Just Happened

Czech Michal Prasek mauled to death on family farm

(Newser) - When Michal Prasek was attacked by a lion in 2012, he admitted it was his own fault. "Every morning I went to feed it, but this time I put on a coat that smelled of dogs," the amateur lion breeder said, per the UK Week . He added that...

Lion Cub Seized During Traffic Stop
Lion Cub Rescued
From Lamborghini

Lion Cub Rescued From Lamborghini

Paris cops found it during traffic stop

(Newser) - Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop on the city's famed Champs-Elysees. The cub, named Putin but known as Dadou, is less than two months old, according to the French animal protection agency now caring for it. The agency, 30 Million Friends...

Lioness at Zoo Kills Father of Her 3 Cubs

Zookeepers in Indianapolis aren't sure what happened

(Newser) - A female lion at the Indianapolis Zoo killed a male that had previously sired three of her cubs. Per IndyStar , a zoo statement says the 10-year-old male African lion named Nyack died last week after zookeepers heard noises coming from their habitat and discovered him with female Zuri's jaws...

Dutch Jogger Finds Lion Cub
Jogger Finds Abandoned Lion

Jogger Finds Abandoned Lion

It was in a small cage in a Dutch field

(Newser) - Police in the Netherlands are trying to track down the person who left a lion cub abandoned in a small cage in the middle of a field. The cub was spotted by an astonished jogger near the village of Tienhoven, north of Utrecht, the BBC reports. A veterinarian examined the...

Zoo Criticized for Killing Escaped Lion

'This is a nightmare for every zoo director'

(Newser) - A lion on the loose forced the evacuation of one of Belgium's most famous zoos Thursday, and the animal was killed after several failed attempts to sedate it. Planckendael zoo was evacuated for several hours in peak school-trip season as security tried to get the female lion back in...

Lion Mauls Man Who Bottle-Fed Him as a Cub

Michael Hodge suffered lacerations and a broken jaw

(Newser) - The owner of a wildlife park in South Africa is recovering from several lacerations and a broken jaw after a lion attack on Saturday, reports Newsweek . Michael Hodge was investigating a strange smell in the lion's enclosure at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary , near Thabazimbi; it seemed to be disturbing...

Zookeeper Killed by Lion May Have Forgotten to Shut Gate

He was killed by the animal as he cleaned the enclosure in Mexico

(Newser) - Authorities said Monday a zoo employee who was killed by a lion in central Mexico may have forgotten to shut a gate that separated the animal's feeding and sleeping areas. Mexico's office for environmental protection said an inspection of the enclosure showed no holes or breaches where the...

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