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Offbeat Kenya: A lion escaped a park The panic in Nairobi

20:25  28 july  2021
20:25  28 july  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Un lion s'est échappé d'un parc près de Nairobi, la capitale kényane. © Dr / Illustration A lion escaped from a park near Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

A lion in the streets of Nairobi. A young male was seen on Wednesday morning by panicked residents in an ditch in Ungata Rongai, a residential area of ​​the South of the Kenyan city, which borders a national park. Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), a public body of wildlife management, intervened on site. The crowd had gathered to observe the animal.

"The lion could be touched by an arrow, immobilized and transferred safely to the veterinary structures to observe it and put a collar before it is released in the park," said KWS in a statement.

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Lion in Ongata Rongai Town, KWS HAS Sedated IT and Taken It Away. IT WAS FOUND HIDING IN A CORRIDOR IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA .IT HAD Escape from Nairobi National Park. #ongatarongi #kenyauksummit pic.twitter.com/sbgvfqphej

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It was transported asleep, under the cries of the Kenyans.

A Lion Which Had Escape from Nairobi National Park Was Found in Rongai Where IT Was Sedated by KWS Officers and Taken Back to The Park. pic.twitter.com/8xhafei7qt

- Kenya TV Signs (@signstvkenya) July 28, 2021

"The panic that this lion caused was huge, the children went late at school, as well as people In their work, "reacted Roselyn Wangare, a student. Jackson Mwangi, an inhabitant of Ongata Rongai, said KWS had to improve the safety around the park.

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STRAY LION THAT PANIC IN INGATA RONGAI HAS BEEN TAKEN BACK TO NAIROBI National Park by @KWSKENYA . pic.twitter.com/npzi2pvy82

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"In the end, it's our security, the park is not well secure and that's why animals Escape, "he said.

A park 7 km from the center of the capital

The park is partially surrounded by electric fences but not completely, which allows the traditional migration of animals in search of pastures. It is only seven kilometers from the center of Nairobi and it is not the first time that animals wander in this city of more than four million inhabitants.

In December 2019, a lion had killed a man after escaping out, while in March 2016 an animal had been shot after slipping out of the park and attacked and injured a person.

In February 2016, two lions had wandered for a day in Kibera, a densely populated slum located nearby, before returning to the park. The following month, a feline had injured an passerby in Nairobi.

Humans "encroach" in the territory of felines

In addition to lions, species threatened like leopards, rhinoceros and buffaloes live in the park, on skyscraper background. Great felines are under increasing pressure, Nairobi, one of the fastest growing African cities, extending in old migration and hunting areas.

The defenders of nature feel that the lions lived in this area before the inhabitants and therefore do not "escape" from the park and does not go astray not in the city: it is the men who invade their habitat.

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