A surprise visitor to a zoo in Kaduna state discovered a shocking scene of neglect and the pitiable condition of the animals.
He came across starving lion alongside a number of other severely underfed animals at the recreational zoo.
Following the man’s discovery, a wildlife charity has begun a rescue mission in an attempt to save the life of the severely malnourished lion.
According to the man who was utterly dumbfounded by what he saw, the malnourished animals were being kept at Gamji Gate zoo in Kaduna, Nigeria.
After paying one dollar to gain entrance into the state-owned zoo, he came across a painfully thin lion – which looked as if it was on the verge of death, locked up in a cement cage.
“The first moment I saw the animal I felt shock,” the man, who wishes to remain unnamed, told Jam Press. “I was so surprised. I felt so nervous and uneasy because it was my first time seeing a lion live.
“Like this is my first time in a zoo. I virtually saw them in movies, news and magazines. Actually, most of the animals in the zoo are not well-fed. They lack proper treatment or let me say malnutrition.”
Disturbed by the scene, the man recorded his findings and quickly contacted the animal welfare charity WildatLife.e.V to assist in the rescue of the lion.
It is said that before the wild creature can be relocated to a sanctuary, he must first regain his strength.