- A Nigerian man, Mallam Abba Gando, who has two wives and eight children has been working in a zoo for 50 years
- The zookeeper revealed that he feeds and watches the animals, adding that he does not like them falling sick
- Many Nigerians who reacted to his documentary video were wowed by his dedication to service all these decades
A Nigerian man, Mallam Abba Gando, has since 1971 been feeding lions and other wild animals in Kano state zoo.
Speaking with BBC Pidgin, the man revealed that before Kano Zoo was established, he used to have a farm on the same land the place is sited.
I have gained many things
Abba who disclosed that he is very proud of his work said he was employed with some other people to work at the zoo 50 years ago.
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The man revealed that he so loves the job that the animals have become like family. He added that he has benefited many things from working at the zoo.
I want to keep feeding them
Abba said feeding wild animals at the zoo is what he wants to keep doing for the rest of his life. The father of eight children and husband to two wives stated that his family members are all happy with the kind of work he does.
Monkey once pinched me
According to him, the only time he had it rough with any animal was in 1974 when a monkey pinched him while he wanted to feed it.
Abba does not only feed the wildlife, he also stays behind to observe how they eat. The man said only God protects him. He added that he has built a house and taken care of his family well from the job.
Watch the video below:
Below are some of the reactions:
"My omoo is omoed.... God will sha continue to protect you, as for me, I no fit do this kind work."
"50yrs of service and still very proud of what he does, why our today under 20s are looking for quick way out."
"2 wife’s and 8 children Oga Ahmed wawu."
"Two wives, 8 children. Living on a Zookeeper salary in Nigeria."
"Can't compare this lion to that wannabe lion in Ibadan zoo."
Hungry-looking lion in Kaduna zoo
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerians took to social media to express grave concern when photos of hungry-looking animals flooded the internet on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
It was gathered that a visitor who visited Gamji Gate Zoo in Kaduna state took pictures of a starved lion, hyena, and other animals.
Among the animals that appear to just be subsisting are crocodiles and a chimpanzee. A horrible sight shows some crocodiles in shallow waters.