Lions Kill Lioness at Dallas Zoo

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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.

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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Becky Myers

why did the keepers not shoot all three with tranquilizers and separate them this is gross negligence on the keepers job and duties they should not be in charge of animals if they can not use truly common sense and compassion for caged animals and save lives

November 20 2013 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horrible! Can't image how people felt when they saw that in front of them.

November 19 2013 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grey Ghost

Obviously,,the zoo here and the people writing these idiotic comments have not done or and do not know the study of the life of lions. When a male takes over a pride of lionesses and their cubs ,, he does kill the lionesses and her cubs to start a new pride of his own,,, they do not take any responsibility to raise the cubs or females of them for the pride. Maybe try to do some research before saying stupid comments,,,and as for the zoo,,well they should have known better... Try watching the History Channel,,or even NATGTV,,,,,,morons,,, Only God knows why such stupid things happen on this planet,,,humans don't THINK

November 19 2013 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Grey Ghost's comment

The 64,000 question is WHY no one stopped it. For crying out loud. People are freaking sick and watch too much of this on TV.. We are becoming desensitized and inhumane....:(

November 19 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So what makes them think that the two left aren't going to try and kill each other?

November 19 2013 at 12:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Caging wild beasts for the amusement of humans is wrong and always will be wrong. Same goes with creatures in Sea World living in what amounts to a bathtub....their original habitat should be just that. NO animal should be here for our amusement or exploit. WHAT is wrong with this picture?? Please don't raise your children in this manner - teach them freedom for all things that live.

November 18 2013 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As an animal behaviorist, I can tell you that animals in zoos cannot go to the wild, and a lot of research is done to give them a fantastic quality of life. There is a great deal of money that goes into enrichment programs designed specifically to alleviate boredom. Zoos, as a whole, provide research opportunities in how best to help animals in the wild, such as rehabilitation programs, behavioral studies, or simply conserving the genes. I assure you, if we could put these animals back into the wild and have them thrive, it would be done. Now, that being said, this sort of attack isn't normal. If it was the simple result of captivity then you'd see it happen more often. The fact of the matter is, it's just not. Something odd was happening, and there will likely be a large amount of research into the matter.

November 18 2013 at 9:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The lion keeper did not have tranquilizer dart guns? Was there no lion keeper? Let's see. Caged lions. Two males in one cage. Add a lioness. And we are surprised that one of them ends up dead and it just so happens to be the weakest one? In the wild,. lionesses get driven away from prides all the time. Sometimes they find a new welcoming pride, sometimes they get to come back to the former pride. In captivity she can't be forced out. At least not alive. And if she was sick. . .they would try to get run her out. Lions don't tend to their ill. They are killing machines without consience.

November 18 2013 at 9:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If all of you feel so strongly about zoos, I recommend you work together to create petitions for them to be closed. I would also recommend that you work on keeping people from expanding into the natural territory of these animals.

I, however, will continue going and sharing zoos & aquariums & sea parks with as many as I can. They help animals that cannot live in the wild, are able to do amazing research, and provide genetic variety for animals in the wild that have become too inbred.

November 18 2013 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Very tragic. Thankfully the personnel are intelligent enough not to retaliate against the lions, but absolutely agree that zoos should not exist, nor should marine parks. Of course, the gun nut hunting wackos and poachers need to be stopped from doing their crimes, too, so that other living beings can live in their habitats free of the killers.

November 18 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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