Watch: Lion chews zookeeper’s arm in Karachi

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Aden - Yasmin Abdel Azim - Video grab showing a lion grabbing a hand of zookeeper Kanu who was trying to feed him. Image Credit: Courtesy Geo Tv

: A lion at Karachi zoo attacked a zookeeper Kanu Piraditta and chewed his arm as he was feeding him raw meat through the bars on Tuesday. He was lucky to survive as the cage did not open.

Footage of a lion chewing the hand of a zookeeper at the Karachi zoo has gone viral on social media. Helpless zoo visitors watched the horrific scene but could do nothing but scream.

According to reports, lion grabbed the arm of the zookeper while he was feeding the animal

Kanu struggled for more than 40 seconds to break free her hand from the jaws of the lion and was immediately taken to hospital. Kanoo has been feeding and cleaning cages of the animals for the past five years, according to Geo TV.

Kanoo said it was his duty to feed the animals daily but on the day of the incident, his hand had slipped and the lion got a hold of him. The zoo director, Qamar Ayub, had assured him of complete support, as well as assistance in his medical treatment, he added.

Qamar Ayub said that it was an unfortunate incident. “We are providing best possible treatment to him and hope that he would be back home in two to three days.”

Ayub added that Kanu had violated the zoo’s rules for feeding the lions and had approached the animals from the wrong end of the enclosure.

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar had also taken notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry into the matter. Further, it was reported that an inquiry would be conducted against the zookeeper for going against the standard operating procedures.

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