A Death Wish Gone Wrong
The concept of a zoo is twofold. Primarily seen as fascinating educational opportunities, safe spaces dedicated to the preservation of endangered species, and parks filled with a variety of wildlife so that the public at large can see and learn about various animals, zoos are designed to foster the welfare of many animals, albeit in captivity.
On the other hand, many people view zoos as veritable prisons, cruel jails that keep animals in questionable conditions behind bars and never allow them to live in their natural habitats in the wild.
Every once in a while, a new story pops up that reminds us that even in their manmade homes, animals in zoos are still second-class citizens when it comes to the dangerous and unpredictable actions of humans.
A suicidal man made a decision that would end in tragedy at the Santiago Zoo in the Chilean capital city on May 21, but his death wish did not turn out as intended.
He tried to use the lions as vehicles for a quick suicide, but they ended up becoming the victims.
The Suicide Attempt
Families visiting the Santiago Zoo on Saturday, May 21st were unfortunate witnesses to one young man’s suicide attempt.
Workers and visitors alike were bewildered when a man broke into the lion enclosure, stripped naked, and then tried to get the attention of the three African lions present.
Witnesses say he began shouting religious commentary while trying to provoke the lions.
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Of the three African lions in the enclosure, two of them began to “play” with the man before their assault became more aggressive.
As onlookers watched the “incomprehensible action” in horror, zookeepers were forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize the lions and fulfill their principal duties of keeping zoo patrons safe. Two of the three lions were killed due to this breach in security that the zoo called “absolutely out of the ordinary” in an official post on its Facebook page.