Circus lion shot dead after being spotted on highway

2015-09-09 03:44:37 GMT2015-09-09 11:44:37(Beijing Time)  SINA English

A female lion was spotted near the Jiashan Service Zone of Ningluo Express Way in Anhui province in the evening of September 7, 2015. Local police shoot her to death for fear that it might hurt people nearby.

The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015. The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015.
Police had escorted the lion for about 200 meters after she was spotted on the highway. Police had escorted the lion for about 200 meters after she was spotted on the highway.
The lion was shot over 20 bullets. The lion was shot over 20 bullets.
The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015. The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015.
The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015. The lion was shot death by police on the Ningluo Expressway on September 7, 2015.
The lion was suspected to have escaped from local circus. The lion was suspected to have escaped from local circus.

“It was lucky that she was hit by a car”, one of the policemen recalled the scene still with lingering fears. “If she weren't seen and had sneaken into the neighboring villages or even into the service zone, it would be dreadful to imagine what would happen.”

The police of Suzhou city, Anhui province had sent 7 cars to escort the lion after they received reports about her. They had followed her about 200 meters along the highway, until she was 300 meters away from the Jiashan Service zone, by then it was already 23: 40 in the night.

Admitted by local authorities, the police gave the lion about two dozen shots until she died.

“We fired so many shots only to make sure she die,” the police explained. “If she got wounded but didn’t die, she might be more likely to hurt people.”

Yongqiao district of Suzhou city is called China’s hometown of acrobatics. Thus there are many tigers, lions and black bears in the area. This lion should have come from one of the local circuses, according to Zhang Yongheng, secretory of Yongqiao Circus Association.

It is reported that the lion was originally caged in a van, “but as she was in the rutting season, she was fierce enough to bite open the double-layered iron nets and escaped to the highway.”

 

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