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Man enters lion’s enclosure, says wanted to ‘have a chat’

Man enters lion’s enclosure, says wanted to ‘have a chat’

Thiruananthapuram: Shocking mobile phone footage shows a man jump into an open enclosure housing lions at the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo on Wednesday.

The man identified as Murugan this morning at around 11.45am scaled a barbed fence, jumped over the 7-feet-long iron bar and crossed a moat towards what appears to be the lion’s cage . On seeing this, another visitor immediately alerted zoo workers.

According to report, he told zoo authorities he went to the enclosure “to have a chat with the lion”.

Murugan, a native of Palakkad was later saved by the team of firefighters who rushed into the lion’s cave.

Murugan was reported to be missing and his family also placed a missing person’s advertisement in major newspapers.

Murugan has been sent to a state-run hospital where he is currently undergoing assessment.

Police officers, meanwhile, are trying to determine the reason for his dangerous and bizarre behaviour.

(With inputs from ANI/IANS)