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Lion escapes from park, attacks man in Nairobi

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 15:06:30-04

A lion escaped from a park and mauled a man in Nairobi — the latest incident of big cats straying into the bustling Kenyan capital.

The man is undergoing treatment for his injuries, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

It tweeted Friday that its units have “taken control” of the lion and returned it to the Nairobi National Park.

Video posted on social media showed a black-maned lion sauntering down one of the city’s busiest streets.

It later disappears from camera view as motorists honk wildly and shout that it’s jumped on a man.

Other lion escapes

This is the fourth time in recent weeks lions have escaped from the park that sits on the edge of Nairobi, Kenyan media reported.

Last month, a pride of lions made its way into residential areas in Nairobi in the dead of the night, leaving officials scrambling to find them. Some animals eventually returned to the park.

Electric fence

Nairobi National Park is home to leopards, buffaloes, giraffes and other animals grazing in sprawling grasslands — the city’s skyscrapers in the background. It is largely bounded by an electric fence to keep animals inside.

But its south side — away from the city — is bordered by a river. It’s unclear whether that’s the path the lions use to sneak out of the park.