By Tukur Muntari (NAN)
The Management of Kano Zoological Garden said the escaped lion in its custody has finally been captured and returned to its cage.
The Managing Director of the Zoo, Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, confirmed the capture of the lion in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday.
He said the animal was captured around 7:00 a.m. on Monday by the staff of the Zoo that used to feed it on daily basis.
“The operation was to be conducted after the arrival of some experts from the National Park, Abuja but luckly around 7:00 a.m. today our staff were able to use their expertise to put into it back to its cage.
“Iam happy to tell you that the escaped lion has finally been captured and taken back to its cage this morning,” he said.
NAN reports that the reinforcement from the National Park, Abuja arrived Kano around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday for the operation.
The escaped lion was said to have killed three goats and an ostrich before moving into the bush within the premises of the zoological garden on Saturday night.
NAN recalled that the lion escaped when rangers were about to put it back into its cage after returning it from the national agricultural show in Nasarawa State.
There was panic on Saturday night around Zoo road in Kano metropolis when a lion escaped from its cage at Kano Zoological garden.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened around 9 p.m. when the rangers were trying to put it back to its cage after they returned it from the national agricultural show which took place in Nasarawa state.
A source at the zoological garden told NAN that effort was being made to capture the animal which was still within the zoo premises.
Malam Rabiu Lawal, a resident of Zoo Road, told NAN that he has locked up his house until announcement is made of the capture of the lion.
”My entire family members will be indoors even if it will take one month to recover the lion. I have not experienced this kind of fear since I packed into this area more than 15 years,” he said.
NAN reports that residents of the area went indoors earlier than usual to avoid the consequences of an encounter with a loose lion.