A man has been killed in a Ghana zoo after he scaled the fence and entered their enclosure Sunday, wildlife officials said in a statement.
In the enclosure were a lion, a lioness and two cubs but authorities say the man was killed Sunday by one of the lions, AFP reports.
The lion, lioness and cubs in the enclosure were still secure at the Accra Zoo, the statement added.
The man was attacked by the lion after jumping over the security fences of the zoo in the capital, Accra, said the Forestry Commission, the state agency in charge of wildlife in Ghana.
“The intruder was attacked and injured by one of the lions, within the inner fencing of the enclosure,” the statement said, adding that he had died of his injuries.
A police spokesman told AFP: “We’re investigating the case to establish how the man got into the restricted area.”
The zoo authorities had to coax the lions into a corner before the body of the man could be retrieved. None of the lions escaped during the incident.
According to MyJoyOnline, a local news website, the man was allegedly attempting to steal a cub.
The Accra Zoo was first established as a private menagerie in the early 1960s by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah. The Accra Zoo was opened to the public after his overthrow in 1966.