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Zoo Shocked After Lioness Eats Newborns

Keepers can't explain Kigali's behavior

(Newser) - Keepers at the Leipzig Zoo in eastern Germany say Kigali the lioness gave birth to two cubs last Friday, and she initially seemed to be caring for them normally. Then, to their horror, she ate them. Zoo officials say they were shocked by the behavior of the lioness, who had... More »

They Went to See the Lions. They Got a 'Bit Too Close'

4-year-old girl in critical condition after attack at lion farm in South Africa

(Newser) - The owner of a South African lion farm has conceded that the big cats in his charge sometimes "play a little rough," but an incident at the farm Sunday went far beyond play, leaving a 4-year-old girl in bad shape after one of the lions reached through a... More »

He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard. The Inevitable Just Happened

Czech Michal Prasek mauled to death on family farm

(Newser) - When Michal Prasek was attacked by a lion in 2012, he admitted it was his own fault. "Every morning I went to feed it, but this time I put on a coat that smelled of dogs," the amateur lion breeder said, per the UK Week . He added that... More »

Lion Cub Rescued From Lamborghini

Paris cops found it during traffic stop

(Newser) - Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop on the city's famed Champs-Elysees. The cub, named Putin but known as Dadou, is less than two months old, according to the French animal protection agency now caring for it. The agency, 30 Million Friends... More »

Lioness at Zoo Kills Father of Her 3 Cubs

Zookeepers in Indianapolis aren't sure what happened

(Newser) - A female lion at the Indianapolis Zoo killed a male that had previously sired three of her cubs. Per IndyStar , a zoo statement says the 10-year-old male African lion named Nyack died last week after zookeepers heard noises coming from their habitat and discovered him with female Zuri's jaws... More »

Jogger Finds Abandoned Lion

It was in a small cage in a Dutch field

(Newser) - Police in the Netherlands are trying to track down the person who left a lion cub abandoned in a small cage in the middle of a field. The cub was spotted by an astonished jogger near the village of Tienhoven, north of Utrecht, the BBC reports. A veterinarian examined the... More »

Zoo Criticized for Killing Escaped Lion

'This is a nightmare for every zoo director'

(Newser) - A lion on the loose forced the evacuation of one of Belgium's most famous zoos Thursday, and the animal was killed after several failed attempts to sedate it. Planckendael zoo was evacuated for several hours in peak school-trip season as security tried to get the female lion back in... More »

Lion Mauls Man Who Bottle-Fed Him as a Cub

Michael Hodge suffered lacerations and a broken jaw

(Newser) - The owner of a wildlife park in South Africa is recovering from several lacerations and a broken jaw after a lion attack on Saturday, reports Newsweek . Michael Hodge was investigating a strange smell in the lion's enclosure at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary , near Thabazimbi; it seemed to be disturbing... More »

Zookeeper Killed by Lion May Have Forgotten to Shut Gate

He was killed by the animal as he cleaned the enclosure in Mexico

(Newser) - Authorities said Monday a zoo employee who was killed by a lion in central Mexico may have forgotten to shut a gate that separated the animal's feeding and sleeping areas. Mexico's office for environmental protection said an inspection of the enclosure showed no holes or breaches where the... More »

Zoo Unravels Mystery of Lioness Who Sprouted a Mane

Tests reveal what's up with Bridget

(Newser) - Lab results have revealed the answer to a mystery at an Oklahoma zoo: Just what caused a female lion to sprout a mane. The Oklahoma City Zoo says in its March newsletter that testing at the University of Tennessee found the African lioness named Bridget has an elevated level of... More »

'Lion Whisperer' Took 3 Lions for Walk. It Did Not End Well

22-year-old woman mauled to death in South Africa

(Newser) - A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators in his animal sanctuary. Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at his "intimate glam camp" in the Dinokeng... More »

Cecil the Lion's Son Meets Similar End

Xanda's death was 'all within the stipulated regulations'

(Newser) - The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a Minnesota dentist caused international outrage in 2015. Now one of Cecil's offspring, 6-year-old Xanda, has been killed by a trophy hunter near the site of his father's demise, the Telegraph reports. The death of Xanda just outside... More »

All the Animals in the Mosul Zoo Perished—Except These 2

Meet Simba the lion and Lula the bear, now headed to a new life in Jordan

(Newser) - Lula and Simba are headed to a new life in Jordan. The bear and lion, respectively, were discovered in February in the war-decimated Montazah al-Morour Zoo in Mosul, Iraq, apparently the only two animal survivors in the facility, the BBC reports. All of the other creatures had starved to death... More »

Rare Sighting of 'Best Mammal of All' Caught on Tape

Ornithologist runs into black-maned lion in Ethiopia

(Newser) - It's rare to spot a black-maned Ethiopian lion—they were actually feared extinct until a small population was discovered last year—but during a recent trip to Ethiopia, an ornithologist and National Geographic Explorer not only saw one, he caught it on video, Nat Geo reports. Çagan Sekercioglu... More »

Oldest Lion in US Zoo Euthanized

Zenda was 25 years old

(Newser) - America's elder stateslion has died. CBS News reports Zenda, a 25-year-old African lion at the Philadelphia Zoo, was euthanized Thursday. The zoo says Zenda was the oldest African lion in an American zoo "by several years," according to NBC Philadelphia . The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Zenda was in... More »

Trophy Hunting Could Actually Help Lions

Only under the right conditions

(Newser) - It may be a tough one for animal lovers to swallow, but a study out of the University of Kent suggests trophy hunting of lions might actually be good for the species. Specifically, researchers say trophy hunting facilitates the maintenance of large areas of lion habitat—but only under certain... More »

Lion Lunges at Toddler in Insane Zoo Video

Zoo says he was just playing

(Newser) - In a crazy video taken over the weekend at a Japanese zoo, a lion can be seen attempting to pounce on a toddler, only to slam into his glass enclosure headfirst. Per the Independent , Tokyo's Chiba Zoological Park, which introduced the glass enclosures in April, says that the lion... More »

Kenya Rangers Cause Lion's 'Heinous' Death

Mohawk the lion howled in pain after being shot by team that didn't have tranquilizers

(Newser) - An escaped lion, a taunting crowd, and an ill-prepared first-response team came together in Kenya to cause what some are saying was the unnecessary, senseless death of the lion, the country's Star reports. Mohawk, a 13-year-old lion who was one of Nairobi National Park's most well-known creatures due... More »

Agitated by Car Horns, Stray Lion Attacks

Victim in stable condition with broken bone, cuts

(Newser) - A warning: When a lion is on the loose, it's best to keep your distance and skip the selfies. A 63-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after a lion strayed from a national park in Kenya on Friday. The black-maned lion was spotted prowling beside a four-lane highway... More »

Safari Raffle Riles Activists for Animal Rights

Bubye Valley Conservancy raffles off a lion hunt

(Newser) - A safari company has upset animal-rights activists by launching a "full lion trophy hunt" raffle —mere months after Cecil the lion's killing attracted worldwide attention, Sky News reports. Tickets for the Bubye Valley Conservancy raffle in Zimbabwe cost $1,500 each , with the winner getting the aforementioned... More »

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