March 18, 2016 5:14 am

Lion injures man after straying from Nairobi National Park

A lioness walks up a road in front of tourist vehicles at the Nairobi national park on August 10, 2015.


NAIROBI, Kenya – A lion attacked and injured a 63-year-old man Friday after straying out of the Nairobi National Park onto one of the country’s major highways during peak morning traffic, a Kenyan wildlife official said.

Paul Udoto, a Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman, said the lion attacked the man after becoming agitated by motorists honking their horns at the animal before it was captured.

A video circulating on social media appears to show the lion running on a sidewalk as the horns honked.

Officials did not immediately say if the man was badly hurt.

The park, which is 117 square kilometres (45 square miles), is home to endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and diverse birdlife. The animals roam just (10 kilometres (six miles) from downtown Nairobi to the north. It was the second time a lion has strayed from the park in the last two months.

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