Video showing a lion being carried away by floods at Nairobi National Park goes viral
05 April 2016, 12:37
Nairobi - A video showing a lion being carried away by floods at the Nairobi National Park has shocked Kenyans.
The lion is seen walking towards a river inside the Park in a bid to cross over to the other side, when it suddenly stops at the banks as if accessing the speed of the water.
Finally, it gets into the water and slowly by slowly tries to cross but somewhere in the middle, the cat is overwhelmed and is swept into a mini waterfall in the thicket.
This incident comes just a few days after the killing of 13-year-old lion nicknamed ‘Mohawk’.
Mohawk was reported to have been shot by a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger after hurting a passer-by near Isinya, which borders the Park.
The killing of 'Mohawk' caused an outrage among Kenyans after its slaughter went viral on social media, with conservationists calling for action to be taken against those who authorized the action instead of sedating the animal and taking it back to its habitat.
The Head of Veterinary Services at KWS, Dr. Francis Gakuya, said his team could not reach the lion on time and tranquilize it because they got stuck in the mud three kilometers away for 45 minutes.
He added that once a male lion reaches of age, they crave to mark their territory and start a family.
Cases of human-wildlife conflict have been on the increase recently,
with the KWS promising to translocate half of the lions in the sanctuary
to arrest the situation.
Mbathi appealed to Kenyans to report any stray lion to KWS, adding that lions are usually calm animals and when not agitated, do not harm humans and will eventually find their way back.
Watch video of the drowning lion here