Kwanza the lion from the Darling Downs Zoo was attacked by another lion during an integration process. Photo contributed from the Darling Downs Zoo Photo Contributed
Kwanza the lion from the Darling Downs Zoo was attacked by another lion during an integration process. Photo contributed from the Darling Downs Zoo Photo Contributed Contributed

White lion cub Kwanza survives lion attack

IN THE first year of his life, Kwanza the white lion cub has proved to be a "delightful boy" and an unexpected attack from another lion hasn't changed that, says Darling Downs Zoo owner Steve Robinson.

Mr Robinson said the zoo was in the process of integrating the young cub with the zoo's other lions and lionesses when he was attacked in early November.

He said Kwanza had been integrated with three lion cubs and was being supervised with an older lioness when he was attacked.

"She just got stuck into him and we don't know why," Mr Robinson said.

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He said it was the quick actions of local vet Ross Newman which saved Kwanza's life - although he didn't come out unscarred as his tail was amputated.

"It was scary. We didn't know if he was going to survive or not."

Mr Robinson said the offending lioness would be sent off to another zoo and Kwanza would continue the integration process with the other lions.


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