Published On: Sun, May 22nd, 2016

Chile zoo kills lions to protect suicidal man in their cage

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SANTIAGO: A zoo in Chile’s capital said it was forced to kill two lions on Saturday to protect a suicidal man who had entered their cage in front of aghast visitors.

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(File pix) A lion rests under the shade at the Al Ain Safari in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2016. A zoo in Chile’s capital said it was forced to kill two lions on Saturday to protect a suicidal man who had entered their cage in front of aghast visitors. AP Photo
Security protocols kicked in immediately when staff saw the man climb down with a rope into the African lions’ enclosure, the head of Santiago Zoo, Alejandra Montalva, told television network TVN.

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The carnivorous felines, a male and a female, instinctively attacked and had to be put down. Anesthetic darts would not have stopped the attack in time, she explained.

“We’re shaken by this because the animals in the zoo are part of our family,” Montalva said.

“These were lions that had been with us for more than 20 years.”

The man, in his 20s or 30s, was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. –AFP

In this Monday, May 16, 2016, photo, one of three lion cubs born February at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City stands with mother Nabu and aunt Seyla as they are introduced to the public for the first time. (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

(File pix) In this Monday, May 16, 2016, photo, one of three lion cubs born February at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City stands with mother Nabu and aunt Seyla as they are introduced to the public for the first time. A zoo in Chile’s capital said it was forced to kill two lions on Saturday to protect a suicidal man who had entered their cage in front of aghast visitors. Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

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