Escaped lion attacks man in Nairobi

By BBC/Sources

A lion has attacked an elderly man in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after straying from a nearby national park.

The animal became agitated with people hooting their horns and taking selfies, a wildlife official said.

The lion has returned to the park and the 63-year-old man is in hospital, Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service said.

A video circulating on social media appears to show the lion wandering along a busy road during morning rush hour.

Rangers are still on the streets of the city in case there are other lions around that have not been spotted, Mr Udoto added.

The park is separated by a main road from densely populated neighbourhoods, including Kibera slum, in the south of the city.

Last month, Kenya Wildlife Service sent an alert over the disappearance of two lionesses from the Nairobi National Park causing panic.

The lionesses are believed to have escaped into Lang’ata area, which is adjacent to the park.

Udoto said they got reports that the lionesses were spotted at Lang’ata hospital early Friday and advised the public against attempting to attack them saying they are dangerous since one of them has cubs. They were eventually caged and taken back to the park.

In 2012, four cubs had to be placed in an orphanage after a similar incident led to their mother being killed.

  

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