Lions Kill Lioness at Dallas Zoothe daily dish
Two male lions killed a female lion at the Dallas Zoo on Sunday, according to KXAS-TV. The attack played out in front of stunned zoo-goers' eyes.
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A spokesperson for the zoo said that at around 2 p.m. Sunday, a male lion in the "Giants of the Savanna" exhibit attacked Johari, a 5-year-old lioness. Once the attack began, another male lion joined in. The males are named Denari and Kamaia, but it is not clear which one initiated the attack.
"You could see this lion holding the other one down," said witness Michael Henshaw. "There was no blood, but it held her down for about 10 to 15 minutes, until she was lifeless."
Dallas Zoo officials say they don't know what caused Denari and Kamaia to attack Johari, and that this is the first time such an incident occurred in the three years the lions cohabitated in the exhibit.
"I've been in the zoo business for over 35 years. I've worked at five major zoos, and I've never seen a cat kill another cat before," said Lynn Kramer, vice president of animal operations and welfare for the Dallas Zoo.
The zoo has said that Denari and Kamaia will absolutely not be euthanized.
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