Lion attacks elderly man after straying from Kenya park: Official


A lioness walks along a road as visitors sit in their vehicles at Nairobi’s National Park in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 12, 2014. On Friday, a lion strayed from the park and attacked a man on the side of a highway. REUTERS/Edmund Blair

NAIROBI, Kenya — A lion left Nairobi National Park, walked alongside a highway full of rush-hour traffic and mauled a 63-year-old pedestrian Friday before being captured, officials said.

The man had been “clawed in two areas, on the front of the chest and on the back of the shoulder. He sustained lacerations, quite deep cuts in the left shoulder region and has sustained a small fracture in one of the bones in the area,” said Victor Ng’ani, the director of Mater Hospital.

The lion went by The Star printing press. Wellington Lwenya, a plumber there, said it was terrifying to come face-to-face with the lion, the newspaper reported.

The lion attacked after becoming agitated by motorists honking their horns, said Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto.

A video circulating on social media show the lion walking on a sidewalk amid a cacophony of honking horns.

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