Five lions escape enclosure, sparking alarm at Sydney zoo


Five lions managed to flee their enclosure at an Australian zoo Wednesday, sparking a quick emergency as officers rushed to comprise them.

The zoo was instantly put in lockdown with a “code one” alert — a response involving a harmful animal. Guests of the zoo’s in a single day keep “Roar and Snore” program had been additionally shortly rushed to security.

The lions — 4 cubs and a male grownup named Ato — slipped free from the enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo because of “an integrity subject with a containment fence,” the zoo stated in an announcement early Wednesday.

“The lions had been noticed in a small space adjoining to the primary lion exhibit, the place a six-foot fence separated them from the remainder of the zoo,” Simon Duffy, Taronga Zoo’s director, informed a information convention. The lions didn’t exit the zoo or the “adjoining” fenced space at any level of time, he stated, in response to Reuters.

Four out of the 5 lions made their very own method again into their dens on the principal exhibit whereas one lion cub was safely tranquillized by employees on the zoo, officers stated. All of the animals are actually secure and being intently monitored in a back-of-house holding space, they added.

“All zoo employees responded and acted swiftly, and procedures and processes had been adopted as they need to have been. As a consequence, the scenario was below management inside minutes,” stated Duffy.

Lion cubs on the Taronga Zoo in Sydney on August 12, 2022.Saeed Khan / AFP by way of Getty Images

Video footage confirmed that emergency response to comprise the lions was enacted inside 10 minutes of the escape.

“They got here operating down the tent space, saying that ‘it’s a code one, get out of your tent, depart your belongings behind, run, and include us’,” Magnus Perri, a customer who was tenting in a single day with the zoo’s “Roar and Snore” program informed native media, in response to Reuters.

All visitors on the zoo had been moved to a chosen secure zone till the lions had been safely again of their enclosure. “It simply occurred so shortly, we had been a bit stunned. I feel everybody thought it was like a drill,” Perri added.

No animals or people had been injured within the lions’ quick escape and the zoo later opened as regular, officers stated.

The zoo stated a full assessment of the incident would later verify precisely how the lions had been capable of exit their principal exhibit, which is able to stay closed for inspection till it’s utterly secure for visitors to go to once more.