Remains of a teenager found in the lion enclosure at Pakistan safari park
The remains of a teenager who had been missing for two days have found in the lions’ enclosure at a safari park in Pakistan, officials said.
The skull and bones of 18-year-old Muhammad Bilal were discovered when staff went to feed the animals on Wednesday, Chaudhry Shafqat, deputy director-general of Lahore Safari Park, said.
His family later ransacked parts of the attraction to protest at what they said was incompetence by park authorities, police said. Members of Bilal’s family declined to comment to Reuters at the park, too upset to speak to reporters.
Lion eat 18 years old teenage boy in Lahore safari park, I am clueless of incident, its suicide / or negligence of authorities ?? pic.twitter.com/I9TNnZnMAN
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According to Director Safari Park Lahore Chaudhry Shafqat, the body parts of the boy were discovered after the family contacted the park administration in this regard on Wednesday morning.
Shafqat said the incident was brought to his knowledge earlier today.
Shafqat told Reuters the park had “more than enough safety measures in place,” and questioned whether Bilal had been killed before his body ended up in the enclosure.
17-year-old boy Bilal killed in an attack by four lions in Safari Park, #Lahore He was missing 3 days ago, his family came forward to search for him in the park yesterday. His body parts were discovered after the family contacted park administration in this regard on Wednesday.
“We are still wondering how he crossed the protective fence which is quite high and entered the lions’ field,” he said, adding the young man had been missing for the past two days.
“I think the police will also investigate whether the man himself climbed the fence and went inside or someone threw his dead body inside for the lions to eat.”
Bilal’s uncle was an employee of the park, police said, adding that while he was cutting grass the lions attacked him.
The police claim to have found a sickle, grass and human remains from the site, adding that the incident took place two days ago.