- People of Nekede area of Imo state scampered for their lives when hyena escaped from the zoo
- The male hyena was said to have dug a hole in its cage to find an escape route
- Francis Abioye, the general manager of the park, however, said the hyena has been recaptured
There was confusion in Nekede, Imo state, on Monday, February 10, over the escape of a male hyena from the zoological garden and wildlife park in the area.
Cable news reports that the animal reportedly escaped after digging a hole which was used as its escape route.
Legit.ng gathered that the general manager of the park, Francis Abioye, told NAN that the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from the cage.
He said wildlife experts in the zoo caught it six hours after its escape.
Abioye also noted that the animal was recaptured through a “physical restricted method” aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility zoo.
“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.
“The animal was able to escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” he said.
The general manager said the escape of the hyena had created panic in Nekede.
Abioye, however, urged residents of the community to go about their usual businesses, adding that the situation has been brought under control.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a male baboon in Kruger National Park in South Africa stole a lion cub from its pride and taken it up a tree to groom.
It was reported that a man who has walked the length and breadth of the park for 10 years, Kurt Schultz, was baffled when he saw the baboon tending to the cub.
Schultz took the video of the moment, and the video has since gone viral on social media. In the video, the baboon can be seen sitting in a tree with the cub as it combs through the cub's fur with its fingers.
Also, an orangutan made a rare show of love when it tried to assist a man in a river by offering its outstretched arm to the man.
It was gathered that the animal thought the man was stuck in the river, not knowing that he was searching for snakes.
The ape lives in a protected conservation forest area in Borneo, while the man works for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation - a non-profit organisation aimed at protecting the endangered species.
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