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Agriculture Ministry probing incident involving lion at Jamaica Zoo

Dr. Osbil Watson, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Veterinary Services Division
 
The Ministry of Agriculture has launched an investigation after a viral video showed a worker being bitten by a lion at Jamaica Zoo Attractions in St. Elizabeth.
 
The video showed the man placing his hands in the mouth of the lion. 
 
The lion then holds on to the man's hand, while he vigorously tries to remove it.
 
Dr. Osbil Watson, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Veterinary Services Division, told Radio Jamaica News that what was seen on video was "unfortunate" and left his division "very concerned", so a team visited the zoo on Monday. 
 
He said the fact-finding mission went to examine the animal's health, welfare and whether the conditions of the environmental permit issued by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are being adhered to. 
 
He said a report on the matter will be prepared. 
 
In a news release on Sunday, Jamaica Zoo said the worker's actions were not in keeping with its safety procedures and policies.
 
Jamaica Zoo said it is reviewing the video with a view to preventing any future recurrences.
                                 


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