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Lion ‘murdered’ after escape in Belgian zoo

It became too dangerous and after the advice we got from the police, the crisis team decided to eliminate the animal.

BISHR EL-TOUNI: ‘A lion on the loose forced the evacuation of one Belgium’s most famous zoos… When it got close to an area with visitors, the decision was made to shoot it… “It became too dangerous and after the advice we got from the police, the crisis team decided to eliminate the animal,” said zoo director Dries Herpoelaert.

Until then, no visitor or staff member had been in danger… “This is terrible and inexplicable,” said regional animal welfare minister Ben Weyts. “I do not understand why not more attempts were made to sedate the lioness.” Weyts called for an investigation into both the escape of the animal and the decision to kill it’. SOURCE…

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