The caretaker of a lion attacked at a zoo in Kaduna, Mustapha Adam on Monday recounted his ordeal saying, ‘I thought I was dead’.
Speaking to Daily Trust at the emergency unit of the Barau Dikko Specialist hospital Kaduna where he is presently receiving treatment, Mustapha said he went to feed the lion at 12noon on Saturday when he was attacked.
He said, “I have been feeding the lion for the past eight months even though the lion has been in the zoo for three years after the zoo was commissioned by the Yero administration.
“The accident was as a result of my carelessness, I thought that since I had been feeding it for over eight months the animal had gotten used to me, so on that faithful day when I came to feed it, I did not close the inner cage that I usually close when I come to feed it and before I knew what was happening, the loin grabbed a hold of my neck.
“It took the intervention of the Sarkin Pawa of the Zango abattoir where I work who was there when the incident occurred and other park officers who threw a chunk of meat into the cage and the lion let go of me and charged for the meat. The next thing I remembered is that I lost consciousness and I woke up in the hospital.”
Our correspondent gathered for sources within the park that the park had been leased to a private company who employed the butcher from the Zango abattoir to feed the lion with raw meat twice a day.
It was also gathered that most of the trained staff at the park had been disengaged and was being run by very few and untrained staff who know little or nothing about how to run a zoo.
Attempts to get officials of the Kaduna state Ministry of Commerce who is responsible for the park was not successful.