Lion drowns in Lyon zoo

23rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A young lioness recently arrived at Lyon zoo in eastern France has drowned in the moat surrounding her enclosure, local officials said Thursday.

"She died because she ran out of her covered shelter and fell into the moat," a town hall spokeswoman said.

"Visitors were evacuated to allow firefighters to intervene. But when they fished her out, the animal was already dead."

Unlike tigers, lions are not good swimmers.

Lyon zoo is planning on putting a system of grates in the moat to prevent a repeat of the incident, which happened on the first day the lioness spent in the male lion's enclosure where it had been hoped that they would reproduce.

© 2010 AFP

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