Stray lion returns safely to Kenya park

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Nairobi, April 14 (IANS) Kenyan authorities said on Thursday that a lion which strayed from the Nairobi National Park early this week has returned to the park unharmed.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Gathitu said the lion, which strayed from the park on Monday night, was later spotted around the Karen Hardy residential estate early on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

It returned to the park on Tuesday night.

“The lion returned to the park safely through a fence which had been knocked down by some motorists,” Gathitu told Xinhua.

In the space of two months, there have been at least three confirmed cases of lions coming into contact with people in Nairobi and the surrounding areas.

In early February, several lions strayed from the park at night and wandered into the Lang’ata suburb.

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In the middle of last month, a 63-year-old man was almost killed by a lion as he walked to work along the Nairobi-Mombasa Road. The last incident left a motorcyclist badly injured.

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