Kannu Piraditta, the keeper of lions, tigers, chimpanzees and tortoises, at the Karachi Zoo, is currently seeking treatment at Civil Hospital after being attacked by a white lion on December 9, 2019.
After the attack, the zoo authorities blamed him. Many said that Piraditta went close to the cage to take a selfie for his wife or he was attacked while he was feeding the lion.
While talking to a local news channel, Piraditta said,
“There were rumours that I was taking a selfie with the lion for my wife. My wife died in 2001, how can that even be true?”
He even clarified that he wasn’t feeding the lion because he already had done that two hours ago.
“I was checking the locks on the cage when my sleeve got stuck in it,” he explained. “We had drawn the curtains so the lion confused my sleeve with it and came towards it to play with it. Nandu (the lion) kept tearing my sleeve and injuring me without even realizing it,” Piraditta added.
“Nandu used to follow all my instructions,” he said. “When I recover I will go back to take care of him.”