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Mourning as Osun Worker Loses Life to Hungry Lion (Full Story)

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By Jide OkonjoPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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It was just a few years ago that the media warned us about imminent danger at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife Zoological Gardens where lions looked to be seriously starved. At that time, it was reported that the animals which used to be fed pigs on a daily basis had stopped getting steady feeding since the Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede led administration started in June of 2017. The lions were reportedly being fed about three times a week and their food had become severely rationed. At the time, a source said: "The situation at the gardens continues to degenerate by the day; I really pity the attendants in charge of the animals; these animals could become more aggressive and deadly as a result of starvation"

Well, now several years later, what was predicted has become true as an attendant to these lions just lost their life. Here's everything that happened.

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What Happened?

On Monday, a veterinary technologist working at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Olabode Olawuyi, was attacked and killed by a lion at the institution’s zoological garden.

According to the Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, the man killed, Mr. Olawuyi, had been taking care of the lion that killed him for nine years - which is, since the lion was born.

On the fateful day of his death, according to reports, Mr. Olawuyi who entered the area which is very restricted entered the cage to feed the lion when the lion unexpectedly attacked him. According to reports, staff had tried to rescue Mr. Olawuyi but the grip of the lion had been too much. By the time they were finally able to get to Mr. Olawuyi, he had already sustained so many injuries from the bites and attack which eventually led to his death.

Following the death of Mr. Olawuyi, the lion that attacked him was killed and condolences have been sent to his family.

While reports from Mr. Olawuyi's death express shock and bewilderment as to why the lion killed him on this fateful day, people online theorize that the lions have been hungry and that the hunger that was reported years back might be the most likely cause of the eventual attack against Mr. Olawuyi.

Pictures of the starved lions from earlier report

This story is so sad and I send my heartfelt condolences to the Olawuyi family at this very tragic time.

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