A zoo worker in South Africa has been killed by an hungry lioness while going about his duty.
According to Yahoo News, a provincial conservation agency, Ezemvelo, announced that the attack happened in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi (shoo-SHOO-weh eem-foh-LOH-zee) park in KwaZulu-Natal province on Monday, February 15, 2016.
The agency spokesman Musa Mntambo disclosed on Wednesday that a 45-year-old employee of the zoo was attacked after walking to a river to turn on a water pump servicing a nearby tourist lodge.
According to him, “He suffered injuries to his neck and thigh and died instantly,” A colleague his escaped the attack and called for help.
Mntambo said the female lion had tuberculosis and a leg injury, preventing it from hunting wildlife.
The Ezemvelo agency added that park staff killed the lion in return.