Lion Takes The Life Of Zookeeper While Trying To Feed It

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A member of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife Zoological Park staff, Olabode Olawuyi, has tragically lost his life to a nine-year-old lion in the zoo.

According to a statement released by the University’s public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, Olawuyi, who served as a Veterinary Technologist, had been overseeing the Zoological garden for over a decade.

“Mr. Olawuyi had been caring for the lions since their birth on campus approximately nine years ago. However, in a tragic turn of events, the male lion attacked the man who had been nurturing them.”

Despite the efforts of other staff members present at the scene, the lion had already inflicted fatal injuries on Olawuyi.

“Upon arrival, Vice-Chancellor Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE was informed by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr. Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that despite all first aid and medical interventions, they were unable to save the victim’s life.”


In response to the incident, the University made the difficult decision to euthanize the aggressive lion. Additionally, the management has dispatched a delegation to offer condolences to the deceased’s widow and children, urging them to find solace in the divine.

Furthermore, a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has been initiated to determine both immediate and underlying causes.

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