A shocked visitor has discovered a starving lion at a zoo in Kaduna, Nigeria along-side a number of other severely underfed animals.
After the man’s discovery, a wildlife charity has begun a rescue mission from the horror zoo in an attempt to save the life of the severely malnourished male lion.
His strength must first be returned before he can be relocated to a sanctuary, but there are questions over whether the lion can survive for long enough.
The man was visiting to the Gamji Gate zoo in Kaduna, Nigeria, and was shocked to discover the conditions the animals were being kept in.
After paying a one dollar entrance fee to the state-owned zoo, he came across a painfully thin lion – which looked as if it was on the verge of death – locked up in a cement cage.
The first moment I saw the animal I felt shock,’ the man, who wishes to remain unnamed, told Jam Press. ‘I was so surprised. I felt so nervous and uneasy because it was my first time seeing a lion live.
‘Like this is my first time in a zoo. I virtually saw them in movies, news and magazines. Actually, most of the animals in the zoo are not well-fed. They lack proper treatment or let me say malnutrition.’
Disturbed by the scene, the man recorded his findings and quickly contacted the animal welfare charity WildatLife.e.V to assist in the rescue of the lion.