Roaring Tragedy Strikes OAU: Lion Devours Veteran Zookeeper in Shocking Encounter

February 20, 2024
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University staff killed by 9 year old lion

In a jaw-dropping turn of events at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, the usually serene campus became the stage for a heart-stopping encounter between a seasoned zookeeper, Olabode Olawuyi, and a ferocious 9-year-old lion. Olabode, who held the reins at the university’s Zoological garden for over a decade, met his untimely demise when the very creature he nurtured turned on him during what should have been a routine feeding session.

As Olabode grappled with the wild cat, desperate attempts by his colleagues to rescue him proved futile, ultimately sealing his tragic fate. The news of this shocking incident sent shockwaves through the university community, abruptly halting a management meeting in sorrowful recognition of the loss. The university’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, confirmed the heart-wrenching event, revealing that the lion had been euthanized to prevent further danger.

Mr. Olawuyi’s story is one of dedication turned tragic. The veterinary technologist had been caring for the lions since their birth on campus nine years ago. However, in a horrifying twist, the very creature he nurtured from birth became the agent of his demise.

Upon hearing the devastating news, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, personally led a management team to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment. Despite all first aid and medical efforts, the victim succumbed to the severe injuries inflicted by the aggressive lion. Saddened by the loss, the decision was made to euthanize the lion to ensure the safety of the university community.

In an empathetic gesture, the university management extended condolences to Mr. Olawuyi’s widow and children, urging them to find solace in the unpredictable nature of life. Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Bamire has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident, seeking answers to the tragic demise of a beloved member of the OAU family.”