The lioness, apparently hungry, was able to get her legs out through the worn-out bars of the iron cage, and her claws smashed into the body of the skinny boy, who was trying to get close to the cage.
In seconds, the female lion bit Jude’s hand, stomach and back. Fortunately, his grandfather and an escort managed to pull him from between her claws and fangs and rescue him at the last moment, after they in turn received a number of bites all over their bodies.
The incident took place on Monday in Animal City in the Nahr El Kalb area, one of the largest zoos in the world Lebanon, amid circulating information about the absence of safety measures and the lack of maintenance in the park.
Eyewitnesses told “Sky News Arabia” that the lioness looked very skinny, and by asking the experts, they confirmed that the lion does not attack visitors unless he is hungry, knowing that he needs more than 5 kilograms of meat per day, according to the website of the park.
Predators are supposed to be inside two iron cages, not one, to keep them away from visitors, with other insulators such as a waterwheel or glass panels surrounding them.
Commenting on the incident, the Lebanese animal rights activist Ghina Nahfawi told “Sky News Arabia” that the park violates public safety procedures by allowing direct contact between visitors and animals, and “it is assumed that feeding wild animals is forbidden and is considered a violation of laws, while the park’s website publishes Pictures confirm that this is happening.
Ghina added: “Under the laws, it is forbidden for the visitor to approach the animal, and it is unfortunate that all the parks that contain Predators In Lebanon, you violate this law.”
On the issue of the lioness’s hunger, the activist said: “It is not necessary for a lion or a lioness to eat anyone because of hunger only. For a wild animal, anyone who moves near it is considered prey,” but she referred to “real economic suffering in the places licensed to breed predators in Lebanon.”
She added: “The lion in particular is quickly provoked by any sudden movement close to it, and being locked up in cages, this causes him frustration and makes him always ready to attack.”
“We are missing public safety measures, and in this case it is shameful to hold the visitor responsible,” noting that the judge who reviewed the file blamed the child who approached the lion’s cage, Nahfawi said.
She concluded: “The zoo in question has a history of violating agreements, and is on the UN Environment Program sanctions list after it was proven that chimpanzees had been bought smuggled from Africa. The absence of oversight from zoos is very similar to the absence of eliminate about the file.
On the other hand, the authorities released the park’s owner after interrogating him, and the judiciary in Mount Lebanon did not decide to close the park until the end of the investigation as a precautionary measure to protect visitors, and left its owner free after she was convinced of what he said when he blamed the child for being close to the iron cage more than necessary.
The “Sky News Arabia” website learned that the child’s parents filed a legal complaint against the park’s management through one of the foreign embassies of which Joud holds her nationality, but they were shocked to release the owner and leave the park open.
The child’s lawyer, Hassan Al-Mawla, said, in connection with the “Sky News Arabia” website, that “Jud’s health condition is now stable. He suffers from severe injuries that will leave scars on his body, especially on his forearm, chest and neck.”
The lawyer added: “The matter is currently in the hands of the judiciary, and there is no ruling so far in the matter.” Festive holiday We have to wait until next week.”
Al-Mawla confirmed that “the owner of the garden is free and the garden is not closed,” contenting himself with the phrase: “You are in Lebanon. The garden does not meet the conditions and the child easily reached the cage and the cage openings are about 30 cm wide, from which the lioness managed to get out her legs and claws and attacked Judd.”
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