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Panic in Jos as lion escapes from Wildlife Park


A lion at the Wild Life Park in Jos, Plateau State capital, has escaped from captivity, a park official said.

It was learnt that the animal escaped from the cage when it was being fed, a development which created tension among residents in the state.

Some residents especially those living close to the park had to stay indoors for fear of being attacked by the strayed Lion.

Acting General Manger of the Plateau Tourism Cooperation, John Doy, who confirmed the development told journalists on Wednesday that the animal escaped at the early hours of today.

He said the Lion which had been caged since 1972 slipped through the gate of the cage when it was open for its routine feeding.

“It is believed that the animal is still within the premises of the park and we are struggling to recapture it but we want members of the public to be vigilant. We have already informed all security agencies to come to the park’s assistance,” he added.

The Spokesman of the Plateau Police Command, Deputy Superintendent Abuh Emmanuel confirmed the news of the escape to journalists on phone and said the park authorities are doing everything possible to recapture the animal.

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