Lions escaped from a container at Changi Airport

Scary real-life scenario. Luckily, the lions didn't attack anyone.

Mommy Rhey | Dec. 13, 2021 | 427 reads
Lions escaped from a container at Changi Airport
Credit: Kevin Pluck / Flickr

On December 12, two out of seven lions in a shipment at Changi Airport broke out from the container cage, which caused a commotion. Due to the incident, Singapore Airlines called Mandai Wildlife for help. The Mandai Wildlife alerted the veterinary groups and the carnivore team, which also arrived at the location immediately.

In the report, one of the lions was lying on the top of the container used to transport them. At the same time, the other one's whereabout was unknown. Luckily, both of them are now recovering from the sedative shot and under the Mandai Wildlife's care.

According to Mandai, they sedated the lions to transport them to Mandai's animal quarantine facility. Currently, the lions are closely monitored under their supervision for the time being and Mandai will be in contact with the SIA.

On the other hand, Singapore Airlines, responsible for the shipping, shared that the container has a safety netting to a media platform. It also didn't affect any operation on airlines, and no one was injured.

SIA spokesperson said, "While the incident is being investigated, the immediate priority is the lions' well-being. SIA is working with Mandai Wildlife Group, which operates Singapore's only wildlife facility that equipped to look after large carnivores, on this."

However, some anonymous information remains unknown, such as where these lions came from, going, and what time they occurred.

This news circulated on different platforms, and it received different reactions.

On Reddit, individuals said that "Singapore is indeed the Lion City." Some say the incident reminds them of movies like The Lost World and Madagascar. But, others were saddened knowing that the Mandai team gave the lions sedative shots to control them.

As he said, "A lapse in security and safety protocols, humans' and animals' lives were at stake. Even had to sedate the poor animals who were already going through a shit ton of stress due to the uncomfortable commute, relocation, and cage."

The investigation for this incident is still ongoing to find out why the lions were able to get out of their container.

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