Hyderabad: In a strange incident at the zoological park here, a drunk 35-year-old man jumped into the enclosure of African Lions speciously to “shake hands” with them on Sunday evening. Animal keeper R. Papaiah was close by and responded straight away to save the person from the approaching wildcats. The inebriated man, Mukesh, is a labourer and Rajasthan native.
After crossing the metal barricade and the parapet wall, Mukesh jumped into the moat and be drowned towards the Lions. He held out a hand to them. The lions were in a mood to attack him, but Papaiah started throwing stones at them and shouting at them to distract their attention.
As the big cats eyed Mukesh, some stones fell near them and they stirred away. In a second, Mukesh began swimming back to the parapet wall. Papaiah gave a long pole to Mukesh. He took it and got back to safely.
A large crowd of Sunday visitors crowded the enclosure with bated breath, watching the drama disclose. Shivani Dogra, who was allotted on Saturday as conservator of the zoological park stated, “When the man started climbing the metal barricade, security officers ran to stop him. He quickly crossed the barricade as well because the parapet wall and jumped into the moat. This happened during closing hours and the animal keeper was at hand to rearrange feed for the lions. The lions are used to Papaiah’s calls and that they stirred towards another end of the enclosure.”
Mukesh had an id card on him. It showed him as a labourer of L&T for the Hyderabad Metro Rail works. With minor injuries, he was handed over to the Bahadurpura police station. This is the 4th shocking incident at the Hyderabad zoological park this year.
In recently, a bear escaped from its cage, a 17-year-old boy lost his life after sliding from a rock whereas taking a selfie in a prohibited zone and recently 2 spider monkeys at absconded from their enclosure. Last year, a tiger had leapt out of its cage at the zoological park.