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Lion mauls OAU zookeeper to death during feeding time

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Lion mauls OAU zookeeper to death during feeding time

A zookeeper has been killed by a 9-year-old male lion on Monday during feeding time at the Zoological Garden of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The victim, identified as Mr Olabode Olawuyi, who was a Veterinary Technologist, was said to have been in charge of the Zoological Garden for over a decade.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

He said, “Mr Olawuyi has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about 9 years ago but, tragically, the male lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The other members of staff who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their power to rescue their boss, but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.”

Olarewaju said upon hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Bamire, abruptly ended an ongoing meeting for an on-the-spot assessment.

“Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, was informed, on arrival, by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre Dr. Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim proved abortive.

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“Saddened by this tragic event, the aggressive lion has been euthanized.

“The university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased, imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life,” he added.

The university spokesman said the management had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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