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‎Panic as lion escapes Jos zoo



By Ahmed Boulor

There is palpable fear and panic in the city of Jos following the escape of an old lion from the Jos Wild Life Park.

Residents and workers in the city are said to have been thrown into a state of panic over the lion which escaped while it was being fed at about 8:00 am this morning.

Speaking on the escape of the lion, John Doy, the Acting General Manager, Plateau Toursim Corporation, said the lion escaped “at about 8 a.m. while it was being fed”.

Doy said that the lion, which had been caged since 1972, “slipped through the gate of the cage when it was opened for its routine feeding”.

“The animal is still within the vicinity of the Park but our fear is that the Park is not fenced. We are struggling to recapture it, but we want members of the public to be vigilant,” he said.

Doy said that he had already informed various security agencies to come to the Park’s assistance.

Naomi Cishak, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), confirmed news of the escape, but said that the office had not been officially informed.

“We have not been officially informed, but we are aware of the incident; that is why we have not deployed our personnel there,” she said.

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