Another lion sneaked out of Nairobi National Park and terrorised pedestrians and has reportedly injured one person.
The lion named Cheru is said to have wandered out of the park at about 6am. It was spotted by motorists near Kaysalt area on Mombasa Road. A video posted on social media showed the lion running near the fence of Kaysalt building as motorists rolled down their windows and hooted.
The lion then approached the locked gate of the premises, terrifying guards. Wellington Lwenya, a plumber at The Star printing press, said it was a terrifying moment to come face to face with the lion.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) deployed three units of wardens who captured the lion that strayed from the Nairobi National Park. “City residents stay calm and report any wild animal incidents to @kwskenya hotline 0800 597 000. Today’s lion incident resolved well,” KWS spokesman Paul Udoto tweeted.
Earlier, Julius Cheptei, KWS assistant director for Southern Conservation area, had said: “We have received the alert and can confirm that but our teams are combing the area.” He urged members of the public against hooting, making any other kinds of noises and chasing the wild animals they sight.
Kenya Wildlife Service Communication officer Paul Udoto confirmed a person was injured. “There was some hooting that agitated the lion which injured a person,” Udoto was quoted by the Star as saying. The person was taken to Mater Hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
KWS urged members of the public against hooting, making any other kinds of noises and chasing after the wild animals they sight. This comes barely a month after two lions broke out of the park, and walked leisurely on the streets on Lang’ata Road and the Southern bypass.
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