Reprieve for killer zoo lioness

2012-02-20 07:32

No decision has yet been made on whether to put down a lioness that killed an employee at a Johannesburg Zoo conservation and research farm in the Free State.

The Johannesburg Zoo lioness had been granted a temporary reprieve and no decision would be made until a scientific assessment of its behaviour was done by internal City of Joburg staff, The Star reported.

An independent police investigation was underway.

Joe Ramonetha (63) was either feeding the animals or cleaning the enclosure at the farm when the 11-year-old lioness, Nyanga, attacked him last week.

Ramonetha had worked for the Johannesburg Zoo for nearly 40 years.

The incident, which at the time was blamed on human error, happened in Parys.

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