On Sunday afternoon, while horrified visitors watched, a lion bit and killed a lioness in the exhibit. The lioness, five-year-old Johari, died quickly after being bitten in the neck by one of the male lions. One onlooker said the lion bit her “for, like, 10 minutes...waiting until it quit moving.” Zoo officials could not explain the attack but said it is rare. Another witness to the grisly scene described it unfolding, saying, “At first you think they’re playing, and then you realize he’s killing her, and...you’re watching it and you just can’t believe your eyes.” For now, officials say the male and female lions will not be placed in the same exhibit.
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