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Birmingham Zoo lion introduction turns fatal as new male lion kills female

Horrific scenes unfolded at Birmingham Zoo, Alabama, earlier this week when a male lion killed a female companion just minutes after meeting her. An animal…

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Horrific scenes unfolded at Birmingham Zoo, Alabama, earlier this week when a male lion killed a female companion just minutes after meeting her.

An animal introduction turned fatal on Monday, July 18th, as the beloved female lion died of her serious injuries.

Fortunately, the zoo was closed to visitors at the time and no members of the public saw the horrifying ordeal.

Working with animals is often a job for the thick-skinned among us. This is something that was exemplified by the tragic killing of a resident lion at Birmingham Zoo this week.

Beloved Birmingham Zoo lion dies in tragic incident

Photo by: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

In what was a brutal example of nature unfolding in front of human eyes, a much-loved female lion was killed by a new male companion at Birmingham Zoo, Alabama, on Monday.

The female lion Akili, had been a resident at the zoo for a number of years. She was slowly being introduced to a new male companion, Josh, when the incident happened. Josh has been at the zoo since April, as per the al.com.

In an official statement on the attack, Birmingham Zoo’s Deputy Director Hollie Colahan explained what unfolded.

She said: “Unfortunately, Akili sustained serious injuries within the first few minutes of the meeting and despite immediate intervention by the Animal Care and Animal Health teams, she succumbed to her injuries and died Monday afternoon.”

On the day of their meeting, the zoo was closed to visitors. This means no members of the general public were involved in, or witnessed the incident.

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Exploring the life of Akili the lion

Having been born in Colarado Springs in 2005, Akili was seventeen years old at the time of her death. She was towards the peak of her expected lifespan. Female lions are genreally expected to live to around 19.

Akili spent the vast majority of her life at Birmingham Zoo, moving there in 2007.

Adressing Akili’s death, Birmingham Zoo’s Deputy Director Hollie Colahan explained how introductions are “risky”.

She says: “Animal introductions are always risky because wild animals can be unpredictable and we cannot control their interactions”.

Local Birmingham, Alabama journalist Josh Gauntt paid tribute to Akili, tweeting: “Hate to hear this! Akili was well known and loved by many”.

Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Josh the lion’s future

Despite Monday’s incident, there appears to be no plan to remove Josh the lion from Birmingham Zoo.

In her statment, Hollie Colahan assured readers that “Josh is fine”, and that he would “continue to receive the excellent care he always receives”.

Josh was first brough in to Birmingham Zoo after the death of Kwanza, a male African lion who died in November 2021, aged 16, after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Birmingham Zoo’s CEO, Chris Pfefferkorn asked the public to spare a thought for the staff who witnessed the incident.

He penned: “Please keep the amazing team and everyone that worked with Akili in your thoughts as there are no words that can ease the pain of such a spontaneous loss”.
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