BIBLICAL PLAGUES REDUX: Escaped Lion Kills Man Amid ‘Apocalyptic’ Georgia Flood Disaster
One man in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi met a particularly horrific death, it was revealed on Wednesday, after a lion that escaped from the city’s zoo amid massive flooding mauled him to death.
The flooding began Sunday, causing the Vere River on whose banks the zoo is situated to overflow. No less than 16 people have died in the disaster, including three zookeepers who tried to rescue animals from the deluge.
An interior ministry spokesperson said the lion killed the man near Tbilisi’s central square, reports the British Daily Mail.
“Police special forces were deployed and are hunting down the animal,” added the spokesperson.
The flood let numerous wild animals free to roam the streets of the capital in a disaster that has been described as “apocalyptic,” and as a result residents have been warned to stay inside as the city remains in lockdown.
The beasts running wild include lions, bears, wolves, tigers, a hippo, crocodiles and hyenas, among others.
One security guard on Sunday morning was chased through a park at Tbilisi State University by a hyena; he was able to escape the ravenous animal and lock himself in a shed, from where he called police whocame and shot the hyena to death.
Zookeepers say that of the roughly 600 animals that had been in the facility, over half died in a “hellish whirlpool” or else were put down by the police. Critics say the animals did not need to be killed in some of the cases.
In one incident, an enormous…..
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