A white lion attacked a zookeeper when he was feeding the big cat from the front side of its cage at the Karachi Zoological Gardens on Monday.
Kannu Piraditta, who is the keeper of lions, tigers, and chimpanzees at Karachi Zoo, was attacked by a white lion from inside the cage.
The zookeeper was giving the meat to the lion and lioness when the lion caught hold of his hand and attacked him.
The video which went viral on social media shows the man screaming as the lion clutches his hand. Other employees of the zoo did not intervene to help him.
Eventually, the injured keeper was able to free himself from the lion’s grip. The zookeeper was seen leaving with bloodstained left arm amid screams and shouts of the visitors apparently to divert the attention of the lion.
As per reports, the keeper has been shifted to the hospital, where his condition is said to be stable. While people are calling out the zoo administration for ensuring the staff’s safety, the zoo director has held the keeper responsible for the incident, alleging that the zookeeper had violated the defined rules while feeding the big cat from the front side of the cage.
The director added that the Karachi mayor has taken notice of the incident and will order an inquiry into the matter once he resumes duty.