Lion Mauls Zookeeper to Death at OAU in Nigeria

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Source: BBC

A zookeeper at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria has been fatally attacked and killed by one of the lions he cared for over nearly a decade.

Olabode Olawuyi, responsible for the OAU zoo, was attacked while feeding the lions, according to university officials. Despite efforts by colleagues, the lion had already inflicted fatal injuries.

The lion was put to death afterward. Olawuyi, a veterinary technologist, had nurtured the lions since their birth on campus about nine years prior.

The incident has saddened the university community, prompting condolences from the institution and investigations into its causes. According to reports, the attack resulted from human error, as the zookeeper allegedly forgot to lock the enclosure door after feeding.

The university has reached out to the family of the deceased, while students mourn the loss of a beloved caretaker.



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