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Zoo lion breaks free, recaptured

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Tiny-tots reciting nursery rhymes at a primary school situated a stone's throw from a local zoo in Rudong county, Jiangsu province, had no idea what was coming for them on Wednesday morning.

It was a lion.

The local fire brigade averted a possible catastrophe when they managed to recapture a two-year-old lion after the ferocious animal escaped from its cage in the county's People's Park and jumped into a canal in a bid to swim across to freedom, and a possible bite.

A park official, requesting anonymity, said the lion broke out of its confines as its "feeder failed to lock the cage properly" on Wednesday morning.

The feeder admitted he was "distracted by a rat that had entered the lion's cage" and left the gate open for a few seconds.

The lion sprinted down to the end of the park driveway, with unprepared security guards on its tail, plunged into a canal and started swimming.

"It was early in the morning, and luckily there weren't many visitors around," said a staff surnamed Zhou, adding it was "a scary sight of a huge lion running free".

The local fire brigade rushed to the scene and evacuated nearby residents and school students from the area.

Firemen shot the lion with tranquilizing darts while it was still trying to paddle across the canal before pulling it out of the water with the help of a rope.

Park officials said the lion was put back into its cage soon, and visitors strolled around the park as usual yesterday.

The lion's feeder was let off with a warning after being questioned for his carelessness.


1. In which province did the drama take place?

2. What did firemen do before capturing the lion?

3. What was the reason for the lapse in security that allowed the lion to break free of its cage?


1. Jiangsu.

2. They shot the lion with tranquilizing darts.

3. The feeder was trying to apprehend a rat in its cage and accidentally momentarily left the cage open allowing the lion to escape.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Zoo lion breaks free, recaptured

Zoo lion breaks free, recapturedBrendan joined The China Daily in 2007 as a language polisher in the Language Tips Department, where he writes a regular column for Chinese English Language learners, reads audio news for listeners and anchors the weekly video news in addition to assisting with on location stories. Elsewhere he writes Op’Ed pieces with a China focus that feature in the Daily’s Website opinion section.

He received his B.A. and Post Grad Dip from Curtin University in 1997 and his Masters in Community Development and Management from Charles Darwin University in 2003. He has taught in Japan, England, Australia and most recently China. His articles have featured in the Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times, The Asia News Network and in-flight magazines.