Two lions on their ways to an overseas destination broke out of their shipping container at Singapore Changi Airport, consternating Singapore Airlines staff, which were forced to call in back-up.
Pair Of Lions Escape Container At Singapore Airport
The incident occurred on Sunday, December 12th, when two of the seven lions enroute to a new home broke free of their cage, with one reportedly climbing atop its cage. Cargo handlers at Singapore Airlines called in the carrier’s veterinary team for assurance.
The two lions were shot with a tranquilizer gun, then taken to a Mandai Wildlife Group facility for recovery. Mandai Wildlife Group manages the majority of zoos in Singapore.
Singapore Airlines did tell The Straits Times that the lions remained within the safety netting installed around the container, adding:
“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 is equipped to look after large carnivores, on this.”
Flight operations at Changi Airport or on Singapore Airlines were not disrupted. The airline did not reveal where the lions were coming from nor where they were going.
In Singapore, a jaguar, bull, and horse have escaped in recent years, but this marks the first incident with lions and first incident at Changi Airport.
Two lions took an unexpected detour from Changi Airport into Singapore, giving airport ground handlers a scare. But the two were sedated and are now recovering before continuing on their journey.