A middle-aged man has met his untimely death after a lion allegedly killed him at the Accra Zoo Sunday, August 28, 2022.
According to the Forestry Commission, the middle-aged man is believed to have scaled the walls of the zoo into the perimeter where the lions are kept prompting the attack.
A statement from the Forestry Commission said the incident occurred at around noon and officials of the Accra Zoo noticed the lifeless body of the deceased during a routine patrol.
Though the cause of the death is yet to be established, the Commission said the deceased (an intruder) had jumped the security fences and entered the lion’s enclosure of the Zoo.
“The intruder was attacked and injured by one of the lions, within the inner fencing of the enclosure. The intruder has been confirmed dead from injuries sustained and the body has been conveyed to the morgue,” The Forestry Commission stated.
The statement denied reports that one of the lions has escaped from the zoo.
It added that “Accra Zoo authorities successfully coaxed the lions into a secure hold and invited the Achimota Police to convey the body and commence investigations. We wish to confirm that the lion, the lioness, and the two (2) cubs remain secured in their enclosure at the Accra Zoo.”
The deceased body has since been conveyed to the morgue and deposited for preservation and autopsy.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission Benito Owusu Bio and John Allotey respectively visited the Zoo after the incident to ensure all facilities remain secure.
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT
The Ghana Police Service has said they have commenced an investigation to ascertain the main cause of the deceased death.