Official says lion injures 1 after straying from Kenya park | Inquirer News

Official says lion injures 1 after straying from Kenya park

/ 04:14 PM March 18, 2016

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, a male lion looks out over the savannah at dusk prior to being shot with a tranquilizer dart, in order to fit a GPS-tracking collar, by a team led by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Nairobi National Park in Kenya. A lion attacked and injured a 63-year-old man Friday, March 18, 2016 after straying out of the Nairobi National Park onto one of the country's major highways during peak morning traffic, a Kenyan wildlife official said. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

In this January 2014 photo, a male lion looks out over the savannah at dusk prior to being shot with a tranquilizer dart, in order to fit a GPS-tracking collar, by a team led by the Kenya Wildlife Service in Nairobi National Park in Kenya. A lion attacked and injured a 63-year-old man on Friday, March 18, after straying out of the Nairobi National Park onto one of the country’s major highways during peak morning traffic, a Kenyan wildlife official said. AP

NAIROBI, Kenya—A lion attacked and injured a 63-year-old man on Friday after straying out of the Nairobi National Park onto one of the country’s major highways during peak morning traffic, a Kenyan wildlife official said.

Paul Udoto, a Kenya Wildlife Service spokesperson, said the lion attacked the man after becoming agitated by motorists honking their horns at the animal before it was captured.

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A video circulating on social media appears to show the lion running on a sidewalk as the horns honked.

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Officials did not immediately say if the man was badly hurt.

The park, which is 117 sq km, is home to endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and diverse birdlife. The animals roam just 10 km from downtown Nairobi to the north. It was the second time a lion has strayed from the park in the last two months.

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