A lion in a zoo in Shandong, China escaped from its cage. A 65 year-old zoo keeper was cleaning the lion’s cage when the lion attacked him. He was bitten on the shoulder and later died of his injuries. The lion then escaped from its cage.


The lion was loose in the zoo for about an hour before it was caught and shot. Visitors and staff were evacuated from the zoo while the lion was loose.

The zoo then reopened as normal in the afternoon.

Some reports in China ask if it was really necessary to kill the lion. They argue that the lion was reacting to small living space and a loss of freedom. Other reports argue that the lion needed to be killed because he was dangerous (he had just killed the zoo keeper).

What do you think? Was it necessary to kill the lion?