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Plans to move lioness to national park underway after she's captured in Nairobi suburb

Date Published: 10 May, 2012
Plans to move lioness to national park underway after she's captured in Nairobi suburb

A lioness that has been roaming in a city suburb has been captured and is being held at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Veterinary Laboratory in Nairobi for check-up awaiting a decision on the appropriate place to move it. One of the places being considered is a national park in Northern Kenya. The lioness was successfully darted and captured by the KWS Capture Unit at Ndorobo Road area near Nairobi National Park following a report from a resident. 

It’s a second time in less than a week that a lion is captured after four cubs were captured last week. The cubs’ mother was recently killed after it charged at rangers, who were trying to dart it in an effort to capture her. It’s suspected that the captured lioness was in company of the one that was killed. It’s also believed that the killed one was the mother of the one in custody.  Lion presence in Mukoma Road in Karen/Langata adjacent to Nairobi National Park has created fear among residents for the last couple of months. Seven lion traps were set for the purpose but she evaded all of them. Efforts to capture her on the day it was killed, however, failed when it aggressively charged at the rangers and veterinarians who were preparing to dart her. The four healthy young cubs have been successively rescued and are at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
We appeal to residents of Mukoma Road and its environs to report to KWS should they see another lion in their area as it is possible more than one lion had strayed from the park. 

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