The management of the Kano zoological garden has announced the capture of the lion that escaped from its cage, after hours of searching.
Saidu Gwadabe, head of the zoological garden, told BBC Hausa on Sunday morning that the animal was spotted inside the zoo premises but in a cage where goats were kept.
According to him, the lion devoured all the goats in the cage.
He said the lion was shot with an injection which made him powerless before it was captured and returned to its cage.
On Saturday, there was panic around the zoo road in Kano metropolis when reports emerged that the lion had escaped from its cage at the zoological garden.
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It was gathered that the residents of the area went indoors earlier than usual to avoid the consequences of an encounter with a loose lion.
Gwadabe had earlier said that the team would do everything possible to capture the escaped animal alive.
“We don’t want to kill the lion unless it becomes the last option as they can shot it to make it unconscious,” he had said.
He said the operation, which started on Saturday night, had to be suspended around 11 p.m. because of the darkness of the bush where it was currently hiding in the zoo.